Last Friday, the National Weather Service in San Angelo announced that the Coleman NOAA Weather Radio was out of service.
Radio transmitter WXN-89 running at 162.475 MHz is the transmitter that ceased to work. The cause for the transmitter failure was revealed by Hector Guererro, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, to be a result of vandalism.
“The site was vandalized. The copper that feeds information from the transmitter was taken, so they are having to replace it. They are working on it right now,” said Guererro.
The National Weather Service confirmed that it could be up and running as early as Monday, but at the latest Friday.
For the areas affected, other transmitters are in use: Southern Coleman and Brown Counties-Richland Springs (162.525 MHz), Northern Coleman and Brown Counties-Abilene (162.400 MHz), Callahan County-Abilene (162.400 MHz) and Runnels County-San Angelo (162.550 MHz) or Abilene (162.400 MHz).
In other weather-related news, on Saturday 55 people attended the SkyWarn Weather School held in Brownwood. The school is taught by Hector Guererro, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist and is sponsored by Brownwood Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Brown County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Brown County SkyWarn and the National Weather Service in San Angelo.
The federal government’s mandated cutbacks make it difficult to continue the weather schools, and they have forced a cut-back on the number of schools present in the district, Guererro said.
Brown county has one of the larger and more active schools, so the cutbacks did not include the local chapter.