Lightning damages weather transmitter

A weather transmitter that serves parts of Bottineau, Rolette, Pierce and McHenry Counties is off the air and could remain that way for several weeks.

A technician called to the Willow City National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio station site determined the facility’s transmitter has been stuck by lightning and was severely damaged. The Bismarck office of the National Weather Service confirmed the problem Thursday. Replacement equipment will take several days to arrive and be installed.

The NOAA station operates on a frequency of 162.45 mHZ. Bismarck NWS advises that while the transmitter is out of service those people utilizing the radio station obtain their weather information from