The WAAY 31 StormTracker Early Warning Radar Network: More control for more precise forecasting

The Early Warning Radar Network take's advantage of personal control to detect dangerous winds and circulations near the ground that other radar coverage could miss.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 11:52 AM
Updated: May 4, 2021 11:05 AM

WAAY-31 Meteorologists have complete control of the Early Warning Radar Network. Complete control allows for faster data and the ability to highlight important weather features.

Typical radars will scan set angles beginning at a base or lowest scan of 0.5° and finishing at 19.5°. This process takes about 5 minutes.

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE

The three Doppler radars that make up the WAAY 31 StormTracker Early Warning Radar Network is the only radar system that can cover every square inch of North Alabama and provide earlier warnings with precise, real-time accuracy that can see storms other radars miss. Other radar systems, including the National Weather Service, have significant gaps in their radar coverage areas to see storms closer to the ground. With Doppler radars located in Muscle Shoals, the Decatur-Huntsville area, and Guntersville, the WAAY 31 Storm Tracker Early Warning Radar Network is the largest privately-held weather radar system in the United States.

Typical radars will scan set angles beginning at a base or lowest scan of 0.5° and finish with a highest scan of 19.5°. This process typically takes about 5 minutes.

Complete control of the Early Warning Radar Network allows WAAY-31 meteorologists to scan at any angle, including a negative 0.5° tilt which points the radar towards the ground.

We can keep a preferred radar tilt for every scan rather than going through a full cycle of scans. If the radar is set to a base scan or lowest scan, weather data near ground is available every 1 minute.

WAAY-31 meteorologists also have complete control to pick a sector scan or pie slice of a scan. Any sector or directions can be controlled by the meteorologists. For example if a sector is set to due south to due west that is a quarter of a full scan or 90°. This sector scan or pie slice allows for data every 15 seconds.

Huntsville
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 58°
Florence
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 57°
Fayetteville
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 52°
Decatur
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 58°
Scottsboro
Partly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 49°
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