With local weather reporting agencies still unable to report the weather specifically for Knox, many people are left wondering why their local weather is being neglected. However, the inability of weather reporters to get the latest weather reports for Knox is due to a failing reporting station at the Starke County Airport that has been damaged.
According to an official with the National Weather Service, this reporting station has been down for a while, but it doesn’t have much of an effect on their ability to predict and monitor weather. There are other sites in the surrounding area and observers that give weather information on a daily basis, but the malfunctioning reporting station does prevent Knox-specific weather from being reported.
An official at the Starke County Airport said that the disruption occurred a more than a month ago and was due to a cut cable. Airport Manager Pam Beharry said the airport is working on getting information on how to repair it and working with an engineering company to proceed with the fix. She said they may need to lay a new cable.
Unfortunately, the frigid weather is preventing crews from getting to work laying a new cable, and an airport employee told WKVI that they are still waiting for the engineering company to schedule a day to perform the work.