Ranger-X5 Heads into Wildfire to Offer Stunning, First-of-Its-Kind Radar Coverage

 Ranger-X5 Heads into Wildfire to Offer Stunning, First-of-Its-Kind Radar Coverage

18 August 2016

published by https://business.weather.com

USA —  KNBC-TV in Los Angeles has driven itself straight into the annals of weather fame by using their new StormRanger mobile weather radar truck to cover the devastating California wildfires. Powered by EEC’s Ranger-X5 solid-state Doppler X-Band weather radar system, data from StormRanger integrates seamlessly into Max Storm (a The Weather Company, an IBM Business, solution) to map out the coverage and smoke path of the Blue Cut wildfire in San Bernadino county.

KNBC-TV’s StormRanger has been feeding meteorologists hyperlocal radar data on the course of the blistering smoke pouring off the wildfire and stunning images as it burns a path through the Cajon Pass. This has allowed the station to offer its viewers unparalleled coverage of the fire’s path, damage, and impact on highways in a way that highlights the product’s versatility to not only give the audience a unique and differentiated newscast, but to literally go into the heart of an event and offer full coverage in a way that other media channels simply cannot.

David Biggar, the station’s Emmy-winning meteorologist (@DavidNBCLA), has been tweeting up a storm, hailing StormRanger’s achievements in supplying his viewers with images and Doppler weather radar data – a new way to inform them of the possible damage caused by a fire. The groundbreaking data includes the height of the plumes – up to 10,000 feet into the air above the Blue Cut fire – and, using The Weather Company’s Max solution, forecast models of where the ash-filled smoke will blow across the region and obscure visibility.

It’s hard not to get swept up by his enthusiasm over the new depth of the coverage. This iterative use of StormRanger takes the traditional radar system to the next level, offering critical information to keep your viewers out of harm’s way while taking them directly into the wildfire with breathtaking images and clarity.

Touted for its unique pulse compression strategy that provides superior range and resolution, StormRanger’s Ranger-X5 radar offers algorithms designed specifically for the X-Band spectrum to provide a more accurate identification of severe weather. It also offers a highly advanced dual-polarization system that’s years ahead of anything else on the market.

And, of course, it’s portable and individual to your news station. Having your own radar allows your team to get more frequent, even immediate data up to 2.5 times faster than data from The National Weather Service. You can take control of the radar, sweep and investigate your region, zero-in on sections, and analyze the parameters that indicate life-threatening conditions.

Given KNBC-TV’s resourceful usage of their StormRanger, it’s no longer accurate to simply say that Ranger-X5 and the Max Ecosystem, including Max Storm, will help your viewers understand the potential near-real-time path of severe storms; we can now include the tracking of smoke from dangerous wildfires – and the possibilities are endless.

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