There are approximately 1,500 interagency Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) located throughout the United States, primarily in the Western states. Desert NWR has two such stations. These stations monitor the weather.
RAWS units collect, store, and forward data to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and the Weather Information Management System (WIMS) via Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES).
Managers use the data collected for a variety of purposes such as predicting fire behavior, rating fire danger, monitoring environmental conditions, and research applications.
DESERT NWR RAWS UNITS
Yucca Gap RAWS Unit (external site) - 3,200 feet elevation
Desert NWR RAWS Unit (external site) - 7,120 feet elevation