Weather Stations

    Sunset from Mt. Diablo.

    There are nearly 2,200 interagency Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) strategically located throughout the United States. These stations monitor the weather and provide weather data that assists land management agencies with a variety of projects such as monitoring air quality, rating fire danger, and providing information for research applications.

    Most of the stations are owned by fire agencies and placed in locations where they can continuously monitor fire danger. RAWS units collect, store, and forward data to a computer system at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, via the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The GOES is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These weather data points are automatically forwarded to several other computer systems including the Weather Information Management System and the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada.

    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has two RAWS units - Mt. Diablo and Las Trampas. District personnel use weather data from these stations to predict local fire behavior by monitoring fuel and environmental conditions.
    1500 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon CA 94583
    (925) 838-6600 |