DFW moving forward with advanced radar system for storms

02/11/2014 4:43 PM

02/11/2014 4:44 PM

Dallas-Fort Worth is inching closer to having a ring of advanced radar units up and running when the spring severe-storm season starts.

A fourth component of the new radar system was installed Tuesday atop a municipal building in Addison. Over the last year, other units have been deployed at the University of Texas at Arlington, at the University of North Texas in Denton and in Midlothian.

“I expect we will have pretty good coverage over most of the Metroplex by storm season,” said Amanda Everly, who is coordinating the radar program for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Two more of the $500,000 radar units should be operational in Cleburne and northwest Fort Worth by March or April, she said.

Scientists, meteorologists and emergency managers say the system will provide five to 20 minutes of additional early warning when tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms or severe thunderstorms rake the region.

The near-ground radar will allow meteorologists to issue more precise warnings for weather threats down to the neighborhood level, according to Brenda Phillips, a co-leader of the project developed by the CASA Engineering Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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