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What Is Doppler Radar?

When severe weather hits, KLTV has the most important piece of weather equipment StormTracker7 Live Doppler Radar Network. Doppler Radar is a weather instrument specially designed to monitor wind turbulence in a storm by bouncing a radar beam off of raindrops or hail, then determining frequency shifts. This allows the Doppler to tell us which direction and how fast the raindrops or hail are moving. That means when severe weather or a tornado starts to form, the Doppler Radar will detect the storms' patterns.  The StormTracker7 Live Doppler Radar Network provides the additional ability to look at a storm from multiple angles.  That gives the clearest picture of what is happening inside a developing storm. 

KLTV meteorologists are trained to read and analyze Doppler data and pass the information on to you. They can pinpoint the most severe storms, tell you what they are doing and where they are headed. Often,  KLTV is able to inform you of threatening weather even before an official warning is issued.

One of the reasons KLTVmeteorologists are so precise is that  KLTV owns two real-time Doppler Radars and uses them in conjunction with the National Weather Service's Doppler radars in Dallas and Shreveport. The StormTracker7 Live Doppler Radars are located in Smith County, just north of Tyler on top of the UT Tyler Health Center, and at the KTRE studios north of Lufkin in Angelina County.  They are positioned to give the best coverage of the weather in East Texas.  What you see on  KLTV is what's happening right now. Many television stations don't own their systems, which means they are reading someone else's data that can be as much as 15 minutes old. Time is important when it comes to severe weather because you need to know what's happening at that exact minute, so you can prepare or find safety.

Severe weather and tornadoes will always be a threat, but weather technology continues to advance. Rest assured,  KLTV meteorologists are constantly advancing their skills and knowledge so they can keep you better informed.

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