La Grande Weather Service Releases New Technology

Posted by: Tesmond Hurd · Updated: 5 years 9 months ago · Posted: April 5, 2012 12:46 PM

For the first time in Eastern Oregon, anyone with internet access will be able to use LGDWS's custom, high-definition radar images. The complete user-controlled radar viewer is available on the LGDWS website by clicking the link at the bottom.

La Grande sits in an interesting location. It is surrounded by two large mountain ranges‐the Blue Mtns. and the Wallowa Mtns. The Blue Mtns. usually tend to block out radar signals from the radar location at the National Weather Service in Pendleton. Any website currently on the web (e.g.: Wunderground,, etc.) only show users the bare minimal radar imagery.

Thanks to GR3 Radar software (Gibson Ridge Level III Radar Software), and La Grande Ride, Inc., LGDWS is able to have a server operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at HQ. This will allow LGDWS's custom, HD radar images to be uploaded to the server and displayed for website visitors to see.

Currently, LGDWS has two radar locations (Pendleton: PDT and Boise: CBX). There are four types of radar images: base reflectivity, composite reflectivity, storm relative velocity, and one hour rainfall. Users will be able to choose what radar type and site they would like.

You can find the radar on La Grande Ride's website at or click the link below.

A mobile version of this radar will be available in the next few weeks.

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