Four-Corners in a Black Hole

In a study sponsored by the Southwestern Water Conservation District, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado Water Conservation Board, and Colorado Division of Emergency Management a sophisticated mobile radar system is proving what researchers have suspected for years. The Four Corners region, especially southern Archuleta and La Plata counties is in a black hole. There is very poor radar coverage because storms in the region are missed by faraway radar detectors. Results from the study are expected to help demonstrate a need for a permanent local radar system in the Four Corners. Having accurate and advanced storm warnings will help to alert residents of flash floods and will assist dispatchers with decisions about local air travel. In addition, water officials hope to use improved radar information to make better predictions about water supply in the region and in determining how much water is leaving the state.