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Joshua Thomas
Mayor Guy Barton shows off the WeatherBug system, the readings for which are displayed on a screen in the Fort Plain Fire Department.

Joshua Thomas - WeatherBug doppler radar was recently installed in downtown Fort Plain.

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WeatherBug doppler radar installed in Fort Plain

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - Updated: 9:25 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- National Grid has installed a WeatherBug doppler radar above the Village of Fort Plain municipal building, 168 Canal St. The system will provide the most up-to-date weather information to locals, including village and town of Minden residents.

The system, installed last week, takes a weather reading every couple minutes right outside the downtown village office. The fact that the doppler radar is right in the village will make a huge difference in terms of providing a accurate weather forecast and timeframe. 

Now, instead of relying on television news to provide weather estimates for distant cities, estimating when a storm might hit locally by when it hit another area, Fort Plain residents will have an accurate reading taken right outside their homes.

The WeatherBug system was helpful earlier this year during Fourth on the Third, when those in charge kept track of an oncoming storm right down to the minute, utilizing the service to figure out how much time there was for attendees to take cover.

"I think it's very beneficial to the community," said Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton, who noted that WeatherBug will be able to provide up-to-the-minute details throughout each season.

To download the WeatherBug app and keep track of Fort Plain's weather in real time, visit weatherbug.com and enter the zip code 13339.

     

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