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By Madysen McLain
Gazette Reporter 

Weather forecaster reports radar missed Pullman flood

 

May 23, 2019

Andy Brown

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Andy Brown speaks to the Whitman County Emergency Planning Committee.

A National Weather Service meteorologist last week reported their radars did not catch the rain storm that led to flooding of N. Grand Street in Pullman. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Andy Brown told the Whitman County Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) the weather radar in Spokane was not working properly during the flood.

The forecast showed the rain would lighten up when it hit Pullman, but the radar was actually scanning above rain clouds which delivered the blow to north Pullman.

"It's kind of an illusion that let our forecaster's guard down. Our situational awareness was not g...



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