National Weather Service weather data for Steamboat Springs not available because of malfunctioning station
December 20, 2012
Steamboat Springs — A weather station at Steamboat Springs Airport is not properly transmitting its data, and as a result, the National Weather Service’s forecast page for Steamboat Springs has not been able to provide real-time weather data for the past four days.
SteamboatToday.com also uses data from the airport weather station for its online weather report, meaning the current temperature reading on the StemboatToday.com homepage and its related weather page also has been incorrect.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction forecast office said his agency is aware of the problem and that a trouble ticket has been issued to a separate group that works to resolve the transmission issues. An employee at Steamboat Springs Airport said Thursday that he was unaware of any transmission upload issues.
The airport weather station, referred to as an Automated Weather Observing System, or AWOS, is used to provide real-time weather data to pilots. Although the station appears to be correctly collecting the data used for pilots, the online transmission that allows the National Weather Service to upload that up-to-the-minute weather information for its website is not functioning.
It is unknown when the upload link problem might be resolved. In the meantime, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking solutions to provide correct real-time weather information for users of SteamboatToday.com.