Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New early warning radar system

I predict that in our lifetime, we storm chasers may have our own personal radars. I have hoped for that since I was a child. I know, what a weather geek.....

CSU team testing warning radar system in Oklahoma
Colorado State University faculty and students are in Oklahoma's tornado alley working on a new early warning radar system that will provide more lead time in notifying people when a tornado approaches. Several universities and the National Science Foundation have joined CSU in developing the IP1 system during the past three years with the hope that it will be ready in another 10 years. "Right now, the false alarm rate (of tornado warnings) is about 80 percent,'' said Brenda Philips, one of the University of Massachusetts project leaders. "With greater accuracy, people are more likely to listen." Five CSU faculty and more than 20 students in the College of Engineering are in Oklahoma this summer using computers to display radar information when tornadoes develop. The activity is much more than an academic exercise for the group in charge of testing. Their test, which they'll be running until June 10, is the first field test of the system. It is giving weather forecasters the ability to see catastrophic weather sooner and with greater accuracy.

1 comment:

Dewdrop said...

Technology is definitely a point in prevention's favor. You can see statistics drop as time goes on for weather related deaths. People are more aware, warning and forecasting has improved. People do become doubtful when forecasts are inaccurate, and they trust forecasters less often as a result. More advanced technology is definitely a good soilution to that problem.