Your Weather Authority often shows you a Doppler radar that shows you where the storms are. What a lot of folks don’t realize is that there truly is a Doppler radar in our region. It is located a few miles away from the Black Moshannon State Park on top of Rattlesnake Mountain. It is run by the National Weather Service and there it is. Inside that round ball is a spinning antenna that is looking for things in the air including rain, hail and snow. But a Doppler Radar can also sense wind blowing to and away from the radar site that can help us detect severe weather and tornadoes”
Recently this radar was upgraded to help see new things.
Peter Jung, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, has this about the upgrade to the radar, ” It went through a dual pole upgrade which basically gave us more tools to look into the storms and assess not only what’s going on wind wind-wise but actually try to determine what types of particles are in that storm whether there is large or small hail whether it is a liquid form or a frozen form of precipitation.
“It can actually pick up non-hydro meteors like birds, bugs and in extreme cases we can actually pick up what’s called a debris ball which is a signature of a tornado on the ground which is actually lofting some debris to the sky,” he continues.
You can also track this radar with our Interactive Radar on wearecentralpa.com