A project years in the making will elevate the way we track mother nature.
A new radar is here, and will give us the ability to use potentially life-saving information about dangerous weather.
To see the installation, Channel 3's Mark Dixon visited Baron Critical Weather Intelligence located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Our new Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler delivers accuracy, resolution and coverage unlike any other.
Channel 3 is the only station in New England with this kind of technology.
So what makes this new tool so valuable?
A conventional radar sends out a single horizontal pulse. With dual polarization, a second, vertical pulse is incorporated. Essentially twin radar beams, allowing us to see what is falling from the sky in multiple dimensions.
Instead of viewing precipitation as flat objects, the all new Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler determines size and shape with great precision. This is critical in forecasting hail and flash flooding, then in the winter deciphering between snow and sleet.
"As the sweep is going around, that is instantaneous data that is being presented. No delay," said Dixon.
This is an important advantage over National Weather Service, which can have delays as long as 5 minutes.
Although it may sound like a short amount of time, when it comes to identifying threatening weather, minutes can be crucial.
"That's the advantage of having your own, you can have it do what you want it to do, not what the National Weather Service decides they want their radar to do," said Dixon.
Other stations in the state rely on government radars surrounding Connecticut. But by time the radar scans the sky overhead, they can often miss what's happening close to the surface.
Our new radar is so sensitive due to different modes, sectors and volume scan the radar can now tell us when a tornado is ground-based.
Viewers can have access to our newest piece of technology here.
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