Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weather's Got A New Look For Spring!

You may have noticed that our weather graphics look a little different these days. We launched a new weather system, WSI, at the beginning of March in order to bring you even more accurate and detailed forecasts. Here is a little info about our new "weather toys!"

Afternoon Planner

Our new radar, called Titan Radar, gives us the ability to track showers and storms even better than before! We have access to 4 radars...in Jeffersonville, Peachtree City, Birmingham, and Tallahassee. This allows us to use the radar that a storm is closest to, giving us the best view. We also have the ability to look at storms in 3D...which is really cool! It shows us the structure of the storms and how tall they are, which then helps us to determine what kind of threat we are dealing with (hail, strong winds, or a tornado).

Surface Map

Our other computer, MAX, is more for show. It allows us to be even more creative with our graphics like forecast pages, surface maps, etc. The system renders out graphics in real-time, which may not mean anything to you, but saves me some time in the morning (which really counts since my alarm goes off at 1:30am!)

Interactive radar is a cool new tool we've got on 13wmaz.com. It gives you the option to zoom into your county and even community to see where the rain and storms are. There are other cool features such as road weather, temperatures, and satellite that can be plotted on the map. Be sure to check it out!

I hope you guys have been enjoying the perks of our new weather system as much as we have. All of us in the weather center feel like Christmas came in March!

Meteorologist Sonya Stevens


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