U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, announced the implementation of the National Weather Service's (NWS) upgraded Doppler radar at an event he organized at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Mobile:
"This upgraded Doppler radar technology will greatly benefit the people of the Gulf region. It can save lives. The ability to track and detect the effects of impending weather systems will inform the public and give our communities time to react with precise and timely information."
NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is upgrading its Doppler (NEXRAD) radars with dual polarization (dual-pol). Both a software and hardware upgrade, this is the most significant enhancement to the nation's weather radar network since Doppler was first installed in the early 1990s. Dual-pol provides weather forecasters with enhanced information about the atmosphere so they can more accurately track, assess and warn the public of approaching weather systems.
The NWS forecast office in Mobile, AL serves 1.5 million people in 20 counties in southeast Mississippi, southwest and south central Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle. This is one of the most active weather regions in the world, with the potential for disasters produced by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and even ice.