September 4, 2014 3:36 pm

Bethune weather radar down once again

During another storm that saw southern Saskatchewan hammered with rain Wednesday, one of Environment Canada’s weather radars was not operating again.

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REGINA – During another storm that saw southern Saskatchewan hammered with rain Wednesday, one of Environment Canada’s weather radars was not operating again.

The weather radar in Bethune went down Wednesday afternoon – just before a large amount of rain passed through the area.

“The air conditioning unit in the radar malfunctioned, so the radar itself had to be taken down before it (also) malfunctioned,” explained Environment Canada’s Terri Lang.

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The unit was offline in June of this year due to a faulty antenna. The station was also offline in 2011 and 2012 due to technical issues.

Although the radar in Bethune was down, Lang explained that Environment Canada still has radars in Foxwarren and Schuller monitoring Saskatchewan weather.

The storm on Wednesday left Moose jaw with 66.9 millimeters of rain. Swift Current saw 37.8 millimeters, and Regina missed the heavy rain with just 4.6 millimeters falling in the Queen City.

Environment Canada doesn’t have an exact day or time when the Bethune radar will be operational again but are optimistic it will be repaired quickly.

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