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Missouri EPSCoR Doppler Radar in the News

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Doppler radar, built by EWR in Kirkwood, MO, will be installed at the end of June on the MU South Farm Research Center in Columbia, MO. Already, it has received media attention state-wide in anticipation of the high-quality, real-time data available to researchers in the state, the National Weather Service, and to the public. An expert in radar technology, Neil Fox, has been collaborating with the Climate Team, headed by Pat Market, since the onset of the Missouri Transect project. On March 10, 2015, KBIA, a local subsidiary of NPR News interviewed Dr. Fox about the radar's predicted broader impacts on state-wide weather forecasts This Doppler weather radar that will improve Missouri microclimate datasets and enhance prediction of climate variability and extreme events. It will also provide high-quality, calibrated precipitation estimates that will be used to better understand precipitation over multi-use complex terrain. Many education and community outreach activities will benefit from using the radar during field trips to South Farm. In short, it is no wonder this state-of-the-art equipment is generating a buzz across the state.