LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD
January 15, 2007 -- We've turned up the storm-tracking power with LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD. It's now 1 million watts, that means our radar is the most powerful radar you'll see on Southern California television.
High atop Oat Mountain, 3,700 feet up, Southern California's only privately-owned live weather radar sweeps the sky, searching out the next storm.
"We have always had the only live weather radar in Southern California. Now we've kicked it up a notch, four times as strong, with 1 million watts of power," ABC7 meteorologist Dallas Raines said.
LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD can see through storms with greater accuracy, using high-definition radar. ABC7 Eyewitness News is once again leading the way for live weather coverage here in Southern California.
"We'll give you the very quickest warnings, see through the storm with great clarity like we've never seen before. It will protect you and your property," Raines said.
LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD is the most powerful weather radar you'll see on television and you'll see it live only on Eyewitness News.
"It's a plus for you, because you do have more information faster in your hands, the stronger power you'll have with this radar will give you more detail," Eric Boldt, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said.
More accurate, more powerful and faster than ever before. LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD can see into the wind, picking up speed and direction even better than before.
So sensitive, it can spot smoke and this year's devastating fire season means every minute will count when the heavy rains arrive, ramping up the risk of flash floods.
"We will be able to see storms approaching Southern California during the rainy season coming up and in the burn areas with great clarity. We'll see it earlier and give you quicker warnings," Raines said.
Here's how it works: LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD sends waves of energy, 1 million watts of power in every pulse. Those waves travel at the speed of light, bouncing off clouds, rain, anything it picks up in the atmosphere. The waves reflect back to LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD and you see it live at home.
And our street level mapping is even more powerful than before.
"Street level mapping gives us the ability to go down into your neighborhood and label the individual streets to show you exactly where the heavy rain is heading," Garth Kemp said.
"Southern California has one of the most unique climates on earth, and the new and improved LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD was designed with your safety in mind for when severe weather hits," Kemp said.
And Southern California certainly has its share of severe weather including mudslides in Malibu, blizzards in the San Bernardino Mountains, funnel clouds, giant waves and pounding surf.
LIVE MEGA DOPPLER 7000 HD will change the way Southern Californians get their forecasts, helping us predict and prepare for when the next big storm hits.
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