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Answerland – Red Cliff Pass?

The weather in Vail occasionally comes from some place called Red Cliff Pass.

Q: When you go online and want to know the weather is in Vail, you go to Zip code 81657 and the weather comes from Red Cliff Pass instead of Vail. I’ll get today’s weather at Vail then push for yesterdays weather and I get Red Cliff Pass.

A: The short answer is, “robots did it.”

The slightly longer answer is this: Most weather sites get their information from the National Weather Service, which has observation stations scattered around the mountains. There’s a remote weather station somewhere around Red Cliff that the weather service calls “Red Cliff Pass.” Sometimes a request for a report will bounce to that station, which is closest in distance and elevation to Vail.

By the way, The Weather Channel Road Crew in Vail will air this week on March 1 and 2 during “Evening Edition” and March 4 and 5 during “Weekend View.”

” S.M.

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The reporters at the Vail Daily will do their level best to find answers to questions you might have about life in our fair valley.

Is a pothole on your street swallowing large dogs and small cars? We’ll try to find out when the repair crew is coming. Are people speeding in the local school zone? We’ll ask the local police what they can do. Is that building going up down the street really going to be another Starbucks? We’ll see what we can find out.

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