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Weslaco’s Weather Tracking System Needs Replacement

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 August 15, 2018 3:40 PM August 15, 2018 in News

WESLACO – A weather tool in Weslaco that provides data during storms that could lead to life-saving warnings is broken.

It’s called an automated weather observing system or AWOS. It’s what meteorologists use to make important decisions and what pilots use to safely operate planes.

The one in Weslaco went down during the June floods, but is now operating on a temporary fix.

“We’ve already replaced the cabling, the electric systems and we have a temporary antenna to receive the information every 20 minutes,” says Andrew Munoz, aviation director at Mid-Valley Airport.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says a more permanent solution is important since Weslaco is at “the heart of the population in the mid-Valley.”

KRGV’s Taylor Winkel learned this is not the only one that’s broken in the Rio Grande Valley.  

Watch the video above for the full story. 

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