Griffin Announces Completion of NEXRAD Doppler Radar Upgrades

Oct 3, 2012 Issues: Environment

LITTLE ROCK – Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after announcing the completion of the Little Rock NEXRAD Doppler Radar system:

“I have seen firsthand the devastation severe weather in Arkansas can inflict.  That’s why I’m excited to announce the completion of the NEXRAD Doppler Radar upgrades in Little Rock.  These dual polarization enhancements will allow forecasters to track severe weather with increased accuracy and warn Arkansas’s families of dangerous situations faster than before, potentially saving lives and preserving property.” 

The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded its NEXRAD Doppler radar software and hardware for dual polarization.  Little Rock is one of 160 radar sites being upgraded nationwide, with the potential to save the U.S. approximately $700 million annually, according to the NWS.  The Little Rock station serves over 1.6 million people in 45 counties across Arkansas.