Weather Service Installing 8 New Radars Around Metroplex

New low-power radars will provide better storm coverage

Weather experts will have eight new radars to spot and track severe weather.

"With these new radars, you're going to get a view closer to the ground, which is typically where the tornado is," said NBC 5 meteorologist Samantha Davies. "You can also look at the entire storm vertically instead of just one picture with one sweep going through."

The new radars are part of a National Science Foundation grant. According to project designers, the radars allow meteorologists to see finer details in storms. That helps them find tornadoes and other hazardous weather faster.

"It allows us to be more precise in terms of detecting a severe storm, determining how severe it is, and then getting the appropriate information out to those in the path of the storm," said Bill Bunting, meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service Fort Worth office.

The first radar will be installed this month, just in time for the spring storm season.

"March, April, May -- that's severe weather season here across North Texas," Davies said.

The new radars can not only see details better in storms, they can detect what type of precipitation is falling from the sky, whether it's mist, heavy rain, hail, snow or sleet.

"The technology that we have in place, the thousands of storm spotters that work with our office, with broadcast media and emergency managers, all are in place to give folks in the path of a storm some heads up that it's coming and time to prepare," Bunting said. "If we can do that, we can save lives."

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