Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:38 AM EST2009-01-21 16:38:31 GMT
Officials with the Governor's Division of Emergency Management urged Texans to take extra precautions this year to avoid the threat of wildfires. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:36 AM EST2009-01-21 16:36:32 GMT
Wildland fires pose a threat throughout Texas, especially when dry weather conditions combine with high winds and extreme temperatures. Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can threaten your home.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:33 AM EST2009-01-21 16:33:58 GMT
Farm and ranch families and citizens living in rural areas can help protect their property during potentially severe wildfire seasons by taking precautions before wildland fires break out. Fire experts advise clearing a 30-to-50-foot space around homes and other buildings. Keep grass mowed down whether it is dormant or still green.More >>
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The TrueView Doppler 104 will give you something you've never had before... a way to see storms... to keep you safe from the storm... that could even alert you before the National Weather Service alerts you.
The heart of KTEN's TrueView Doppler 104 system is its four, live, Doppler radars.
Meteorologist Chris Jarzynka explains, "You're dealing with four National Weather Service, top of the line, Doppler radars, not just one that has been installed by someone at a television station. So, you're getting four times the coverage... You're getting four times the information, and you're getting that information up to the minute."
Greg Patrick on live radar versus delayed radar, "It's very important that we have real-time data." That's Greg Patrick, Science Officer for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "We rely on the latest, the latest information from all the surrounding radars to get the warnings out."
And if you watch KTEN's TrueView Doppler 104 , you could even see a potentially severe storm before the National Weather Service.
Chris Jarzynka explains, "We can actually get that information into the hands of your meteorologists about three or four minutes earlier sometimes than even the national weather service can do. And - as you know - in a tornado situation, three or four minutes can make the difference."
Why is KTEN's TrueView Doppler 104 better than a TV station that owns its own radar?
Chris Jarzynka says, "If you have your own radar box, it is up to the television station to control and do quality control on that radar box."
Quality control on KTEN's TrueView Doppler 104 radars is handled by the National Weather Service.
Greg Patrick explains, "Our technicians and the software folks - located in Norman, Oklahoma - upgrade the radar and many of the components regularly."
Chris Jarzynka adds, "We're using the latest and greatest from the National Weather Service, which is funded by the government."
And KTEN's four sites use four, more powerful radars, each one with twice the wavelength of a TV station radar. A ten centimeter wavelength on the radar beam means you have the power and the ability to see through storms, to see what's behind it.
Patrick says, "750 kilowatts at peak power." Seven hundred fifty kilowatts means while other TV stations are only able to see a hail-storm that's right on top of them... KTEN's TrueView Doppler 104 can see right through it.
Jarzynka says, "What if there was a tornado behind it?... Or some sort of circulation behind it? Their television radar can't penetrate that wall of hail, whereas the National Weather Service Doppler radars have more power or a different wavelength to actually see through that, to what's coming in behind it."
Coming up on KTEN News at 10, we'll hear from a research meteorologist at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma.