The newest technology in the StormTracker 13 Weather Lab has arrived just in time for winter.
The technical term is called "Dual Polarity". Before, there was just one beam that was sent out from the radar and detected the precipitation. Now, there are two beams. One measures the width and one measures the height. All of that is calculated by the computers in the Stormtracker 13 Weather Lab and our team of meteorologists can now predict with greater precision, exactly what's falling from the sky.
"There's been lots of research. Most of this started out in Norman, Oklahoma. That's where the Storm Prediction Center is located. They're really one of our main research centers; partnerships with universities and as well as the private industry. A lot of people have come together to make this possible and now that the technology is a little bit more mature, we're able to spread this across the country," said Chris Leonardi with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
The developer of the radar system, Baron Services, also talked about the process of putting this technology into practice.
"We've been focused on how we can do a better job of detecting significant weather, not just tornadoes but all significant weather that can effect the public. And that led us to the manufacture of radar, the manufacture of Doppler weather radar and a lot of leading innovations that have come from that over the years. It was kind of a natural, next step for us to look at what we might be able to do in the way of dual polarity," said Bob Baron.
All of the National Weather Service radars will be upgraded by the end of 2013.