Colorado’s Durango/La Plata County Airport will see the installation of C-band weather radar, which will help plug gaps in weather forecast coverage.
March 28, 2023, 1:05 PM

Colorado’s Durango/La Plata County Airport will see the installation of a Baron Weather radar system that will allow more accurate detection of extreme weather and the issuance of appropriate warnings.

Baron will supply the C-band dual polarization weather radar as a turnkey installation, along with a radar display and analysis system. The company will also construct the accompanying 70-foot radar tower.

When completed by the end of May, the system will serve the Four Corners region, an area that experiences numerous weather systems. Because of the earth’s curvature and obstruction due to mountains, the closest radar, in Grand Junction, can’t accurately detect precipitation in the region. The Baron system is expected to fill this gap in the National Weather Service’s (NWS) radar coverage.

The Baron radar will have the same capabilities that the NWS radars are equipped with,” said Jon Tarleton, Baron’s v-p of integrated weather systems. The company has sold, installed, and performed upgrades to more than 350 radars worldwide.

La Plata County conducted an extensive search process for our new weather radar system and selected Baron based on their professional reputation,” said La Plata County Manager Chuck Stevens. “We have been extremely impressed by their level of service and technical solutions and we have complete confidence in their ability to complete the project on time and on budget.”


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