Live Stormtrack 5 radar and tornado spotters

April 22, 2008 at 6:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NBC-5’s commitment to having the best weather coverage is legendary.  Part of that is the million watt Stormtrack radar.

Stormtrack radar gives us LIVE second by second precision looks at severe weather in North TX.  We use Nexrad radar, like other tv stations, but Stormtrack radar is better for a lot of reasons:
   1.  Its LIVE.  Nexrad radar is not, sometimes up to five minutes old.  When a tornado is moving at 40mph, it can move a long way in five minutes.
   2.  We control it.  We can point the antenna right at what is important, and provide constant updates if necessary.  Nexrad radar spins in a complete circle, and often is scanning in upper parts of storms.

We also rely on our spotter network.  Sometimes, a storm looks like it could produce a tornado, but it doesn’t.  That’s why we deploy the best spotter network in North TX.  They are our eyes beneath the storm.

Here are some radar pictures showing strong tornado indications from our storms on March 31st.

The first picture shows the storm and its “hook echo” just after producing a tornado near Godley, in Johnson County.

  

 

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