The WAFF 48 Storm Team is just 1 day away from debuting our new 1,000,000 watt live doppler radar. As you may remember, WAFF Live Doppler 48 Radar was not immune to the winds of an EF-5 tornado as it ripped through east Limestone County on April 27th. The entire radar was removed from it's tower and the pieces scattered through the surrounding area.
Here's a slide show with more pictures of what the radar looked like after the storm and the building of the new radar.
While this was not the way we wanted to get a brand new state of the art radar, the new doppler will give us the best view of storms the WAFF 48 Storm Team has ever had. Here are the advantages our new radar has over the old one:
- The 1,000,000 watts of power is 4 times more than the old radar had. The benefit of this is it will allow us to get a perfect view of all storms in the area, even when other storms are around. With the old radar, there would be times when one storm would block our view of others. With the increase in power this won't be an issue.
- The new radar spins faster than the old one, giving us more frequent updates when tracking severe weather.
- The latest in computer processing will give us the most detailed view of storms we have ever had.
- The range for detecting tornadic winds within storms has been expanded to cover all of the Heart of the Valley.
After 6 months of planning and construction our new radar will hit the air live on Thursday October 27th during our 4pm newscast, WAFF 48 News Now. To commemorate the launch, the WAFF 48 Storm Team is hosting a "Flip The Switch" event in Athens from 2pm until 6pm. The event is being held at the Old Athens City Hall at 200 E. Hobbs Street in downtown Athens.
- Meet the WAFF 48 Storm Team
- We’ll be giving away a limited number of free weather radios
- Already have a weather radio? We’ll program it for you.
- The American Red Cross will be there with information on how to develop a disaster preparedness plan and make a disaster preparedness kit
- Baron Services, the Huntsville based company that manufactured our new radar, will have a display that explains the capabilities of the radar
- Tommy Self, of Tennessee Valley Storm Chasers, will be there with his storm chasing vehicle, equipment he uses, and pictures and videos of storms he’s chased
We hope to see you in Athens as the WAFF 48 Storm Team begins a new era in storm tracking technology in the Heart of the Valley!
WAFF 48 Storm Team