Weather System (O.I.W.S.)
Operated in cooperation with:
Okanogan County - National Weather Service -
US Forest Service
Okanogan County has implemented early warning
weather stations. Sensor stations will be located above
Beaver Creek, and
Chewack River(2 sites).
This project was funded by United States Forest Service (USFS) as part
of the Tripod Fire recovery program.
Emergency Response Weather Stations Installation
Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Miller, (Emergency Manager), Mel Bennett, (Hydrologist,
Okanogan-Wenatchee NFs), Royce L. Fontenot, (Service
Hydrologist, National Weather Service, Spokane and the National
Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), and two inmates installed
automatic weather stations at Lone Frank Pass, Parachute Meadows,
Bromas Creek, and Starvation Mountain. The weather stations were
funded by the USFS because of the Tripod Complex Wildland Fire’s
devastating affect on the mountain and the slow growth of vegetation
has left our community susceptible to flash flooding. Sensors on
these stations receive, then process, store and transmit data to
provide early warning of a flash flood situation.