Doppler radars are effective, but they’re outdated.
While we can detect storms with Doppler, storms are moving faster than those systems can help prepare citizens for. We need more detail on the storms and where they are moving — and we need that data quicker. With storms as large as Hurricane Sandy, or with tornadoes that have hit downtown areas like Dallas in recent years and suburban Oklahoma City yesterday, we need real-time systems for detecting storms and figuring out exactly what areas they will impact.
Enter CASA: the Collaborative Sensing of the Atomosphere (CASA) program. It’s a long name, but it essentially means: predictive storm tracking that gives people in a city much more time to prepare by processing a lot more data more quickly.
As UMass Amherst explains, “Having detected a storm, they conduct ‘smart’ scans focused on areas of greatest concern to give a precise location,” providing “data 5 to 10 times more detailed than current radar systems.”
But we can’t use these great devices with our current Internet – we need advanced networks with gigabit speeds, software definition, and local cloud capabilities. Next generation applications like those that CASA is developing are especially exciting for us, as they provide tremendous societal benefit, and make the case for why we need to get advanced networks up and running around the country.
The latest on the CASA system being installed in Dallas, and in the heart of Tornado Alley, Oklahoma, is below:
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