Updated 03/27/2012 04:34 PM
Doppler radar on wheels visits SUNY ESF
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Some of the latest and greatest technology in the field of meteorology rolled onto the campus of SUNY ESF Tuesday. They call it Doppler radar on wheels.
The million dollar machine is one of just three that exists in the country. It allows meteorologists to bring technology to the weather, instead of the reverse, which has always been the case in the past.
Meteorologist and ESF professor Dave Eichorn says the equipment allows them to gather data that they've never been able to get before, which could lead to major advances in forecasting.
"When the research gets analyzed, as is going on right now. We're going to learn a lot more about why that thunderstorm produced a tornado and that one didn't. And that I think is going to cut warning times. But I think the big payoff for this is going to be lives saved in the future," Eichorn said.
This Doppler system is actually based out of Colorado. It has monitored hurricanes, tornados and was even brought up to the east end of Lake Ontario last winter for a detailed study inside lake effect snow storms.