Everyone will get a much better idea of weather conditions – including those conducive to brush fires – with the installation of a new high-tech weather station atop Mount Washington. The Mt. Washington Remote Automated Weather Station, which will be unveiled Friday morning by city officials, is the first of its kind in the City of Los Angeles, according to a statement issued by the office of Councilman Jose Huizar. The RAWS station, located near radio towers in the 4900 block of Glenalbyn Drive, will use satellite signals to help provide more timely and accurate weather information that can be used by officials to declare a Red Flag Warning, which alerts residents to heightened fire danger and requires them to move vehicles off narrow streets. According to Huizar’s office:
“Red Flag Warnings require that all roads be clear of vehicles so that emergency personnel can get in and out of narrow canyon roads like those found in Mt. Washington. In years past however, data used to determine Red Flag Warnings for the area came from weather information from county signals, which are a significant distance from Mt. Washington.”
Huizar and Councilman Ed Reyes contributed funds to pay for the $15,400 station at the request of Mount Washington residents.
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