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COVID-19 & Essential Services

Meteorological Support

Skyview Weather will be providing the flood forecast and notification services for the 2020 flood season (May 1 thru September 30). This long-running program will function as in the past, working closely with our good friends at the National Weather Service.

Concerning the COVID-19 situation, while Skyview’s services are considered “essential” with respect to Colorado’s Amended Public Health Order, their meteorologists are capable of working from their respective home offices and are expected to do so until the order is lifted.

During April they will be calling their primary contact points to verify phone numbers and update operating procedures. The MHFD Flood Prediction Center phone number is the same as last year (303.458.0789) and can be used anytime to talk with a Skyview forecaster.

ALERT System Field Maintenance

The gaging stations are nearing 100% ready status thanks to the efforts of the field crews from OneRain and Water & Earth Technologies. The COVID social distancing requirements have not slowed the annual start-up progress as their work directly involves providing essential products and services that support critical government functions of public safety and emergency response in full compliance with Colorado’s stay at home order.

Site Apps Instructions

Concerning recent updates to web mapping applications like GMap, ArcGIS and others; browser cache-ing can be problematic. If problems occur try clearing your browser cache, then close and restart your browser and see if this fixes the issue. If not, please send an email to kstewart@udfcd.org to report the problem.

Google Chrome users may install an extension that makes this process simple. Simply connect to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clear-cache/cppjkneekbjaeellbfkmgnhonkkjfpdn?hl=en and follow the website instructions to install the extension.

Loading this extension into Chrome gives you a little button in the top right of the screen that you can click whenever you want to “clear your cache” — be sure to make the settings only clear the cache, not cookies or history or any of the other things (see settings screenshot below).  Once you have it set up you may click at will.

Blinking Alarms

A recent update to ALERT GMap causes active alarms to blink and stop blinking when the alarm becomes inactive.  When you click on the blinking station you will see the actual time that the alarm occurred and the threshold that triggered the alarm.

Click here to see a Flash™ video of this feature.

Wednesday Webinars

On July 16, 2014 we broadcast our first in a series of short instructional webinars offered to help local officials improve their storm/flood monitoring and emergency response capabilities, and keep apprised of relevant changes.  That training focused on how to make best use of the ALERT System GMap website, which is one of the more popular features available from https://alert5.udfcd.org.

A Windows Media Player-compatible recording of this webinar is now available.  You can download it from www.udfcd.org/FWP/ALERT/trainingvideos/.

To receive notices regarding future webinars simply subscribe to the FRAUG list at this website.

Google Chrome Advice

Some Google Chrome users have experienced problems with the ALERT Map webpage updating automatically. To fix this we recommend the following:

  1. Make sure you are running the latest version of Chrome, v.35.
  2. To re-load the page try hitting the F5 key.

This YouTube video shows how to enable auto updates for the Google Chrome browser. If your IT department has disabled the auto update feature…this can turn it back on.