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New weather radar installed at UNT-Denton

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Just in time for tornado season, crews installed a new radar system at UNT'S Discovery Park Campus in Denton.

The Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere Radar or CASA will provide better severe weather data and storm warnings for North Texas.

The new system scans storms near ground level making it easier to tell exactly where a tornado might be.

The CASA radar is different from the current Doppler radar system. It has the capability to provide high resolution images of dangerous storms. It can scan up to 20 times faster than conventional Doppler radars. This will provide critical early warning for storms that may spawn a tornado, drop large hail, or trigger flash flooding.

When combined with the main dual polarity radar at Spinks Airport, the Terminal Doppler radars at Love Field and DFW, and live radar in Cedar Hill, weather experts will receive multiple overlapping views of storms to give a three-dimensional view.

Eventually there will be eight CASA radars installed in North Texas. Two have already been installed at UT Arlington and UNT. The third and fourth radars will be installed in Addison and on the south side of Eagle Mountain Lake. Sites for the four remaining CASA radars have not yet been determined.

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