PREDICTING THE STORM: New Radar Technology
Updated: Tuesday, April 30 2013, 08:32 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Bill Kelly) -- ABC 6/FOX 28 is one your side, keeping your family safe when severe weather targets central Ohio... but we couldn’t do it without the help of some of the top forecasters in world at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
ABC 6/FOX 28 Chief Meteorologist Bill Kelly saw first-hand the new technology at the center that can help local forecasters give you a better idea of when and where severe weather will strike.
The newest radar is called phased array radar. It sends out both a vertical and horizontal beams to show details of a storm. The technology can be used to track rain, hail, tornadoes, and even snow.
Instead of sweeping the entire region, the radar can focus on one storm cell, allowing forecasters to watch the storm develop in close to real-time, giving those living in the path of the storm more time to prepare.