House passes bill that could bring Doppler weather radar to Charlotte

House passes bill that could bring Doppler weather radar to Charlotte                                                

House passes bill that could bring Doppler weather radar to Charlotte

WASHINGTON
Charlotte came up with the prospect of a sophisticated radar system to warn residents to approach tornadoes and other violent weather conditions after the House passed a bill designed to improve weather forecasting.

The bill now goes to the White House for the signature of President Donald Trump.

House Bill Tuesday unanimously passed the Innovation and Weather Forecasting Act, which includes a measure by Representative Robert Pittenger, RN.C., that would require the US Department of Commerce to conduct a study and develop a Solution to a radar gap in Charlotte area. The Senate approved the measure last week.                                      

With a population of 2.4 million people, Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area without a Doppler radar system.

“Americans across the country rely on the National Weather Service to detect and warn of severe weather, such as thunderstorms and tornadoes,” Pittenger said Tuesday. “But Charlotte is currently the largest metropolitan area without adequate radar coverage. Addressing this deficiency is an important step for public safety.”

House passes bill that could bring Doppler weather radar to Charlotte

Pittenger and Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., Have lobbied strongly in Congress to address the radar gap. In the Senate’s version of the prediction innovation law, Burr included a provision instructing the National Weather Service to identify solutions to improve weather radar coverage in the Charlotte area.

“This is a step in the right direction,” Burr said last week. “When it comes to dangerous tornadoes, accurate weather forecasting is critical to ensuring the safety of citizens. I am pleased that my colleagues recognize the importance of providing the tools that cities like Charlotte need to prepare for potential disasters.”

Charlotte is currently covered by a Doppler radar system in Greer, S.C, 94 km from Queen City. No other city the size of Charlotte currently has a radar system located more than 58 miles away, according to Burr’s office.                              

On March 3, 2012, a tornado wrapping 135 mph winds roared through a section of northeastern Charlotte and swept 7-year-old Jamal Stevens from his bed to an embankment along Interstate 485, More than 100 meters away. He deposited his 5-year-old sister, Ayanna, in a neighbor’s yard.

“The National Weather Service warning came 10 minutes later after the tornado had already fallen,” Pittenger told his fellow lawmakers on Tuesday. “Fortunately, our community has not suffered any death due to this deficiency, but we must not wait for a tragedy to take effect.”

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