Southwest Colorado Has A Weather Blind Spot

A researcher for the Colorado Water Conservation District says southwestern Colorado has a weather radar blind spot that makes it difficult to predict severe storms.

According to the Cortez Journal, forecasters are being forced to rely on radar installations in Grand Junction, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M., and none of those stations can detect dangerous low-altitude conditions over hundreds of miles.

Officials say several severe storms have hit the area without warning.

The National Weather Service says it relies on satellite images, weather watchers and composite radar images to make predictions in those areas.