Utah is one of the last remaining areas of the United States where you can literally go miles without ever running into another soul. A stretch between Green River and Salida has over 100 miles of open road without any incorporated communities or services.
Another stretch of Western Utah has 100 miles of two-lane open highway as you cross the Nevada border with the only rest stop being a small gas station at the border. It is an area of open skies, open roads, and unpredictable weather.
Utah doppler radar is essential in the planning and enjoyment of everything that Utah has to offer. It’s many national parks are subject to flash floods when a storm does come through, while the population centers around the Great Salt Lake plan their commute based on weather reports based on doppler radar information. Only four doppler stations provide Utah with coverage and only two of them are dedicated stations within the state itself.
Let’s take a closer look at the two Utah doppler radar stations:
Cedar City: The average person knows about Cedar City simply because it is on the journey toward Las Vegas. This community was initially focused on iron production, but when the market fell out of that in the mid 1800’s, the community began to focus on mining. The railroads didn’t even reach this city until 1923 and it was only then that it began to thrive and grow. Marketed as the gateway to all of Southwestern Utah’s beautiful parks, today many people come to Cedar City to experience the community’s annual Shakespeare productions, which have even won a Tony Award.
Salt Lake City: The SLC metropolitan area is home to nearly half of Utah’s entire population. If you include all of the Wasatch front, only 700,000 people reside elsewhere in the state. That’s why having a Utah doppler radar station situated here is so important. It provides weather coverage for the entire northern part of the state and lets travelers know when it is safe to go through the various mountain passes.
The city was initially founded by Brigham Young and a group of Mormon followers who began to work the arid ground that surrounded the salt lake. Today, however, less than half the population of SLC is Mormon. In 2002, the area hosted the Winter Olympics and the development of the facilities needed to put on the games has turned the area into a winter sports wonderland of skiing and snowboarding adventure. Salt Lake City is also the industrial banking center of the entire United States.
What is unique about this area of the old Wild West is that the land was considered to be public domain. Some tribes utilized the area seasonally, but no tribe ever had an official claim or deed to the area and no treaty was every created or recognized regarding the settlement of this area.