Riverton’s weather service station gets its radar upgraded next week.
Meteorologists say the upgrade will improve the radar’s hardware, so information can be gathered more quickly.
It will not change the information received to make more accurate predictions, just how fast meteorologists have access to that information.
The upgrade will take three to four days, in that time satellites and ground information will be used to make weather forecasts.
“The upgrade is coming at a perfect time of year for us, it’s a time where we don’t expect a whole lot of thunderstorms, certainly not our most severe thunderstorms so we’re very pleased with late October as a timeframe for us to do this upgrade.” – Chris Jones, Meteorologist
The upgrade is part of a 12 million dollar nationwide effort to increase efficiency for government weather service stations.
Overall nearly 160 radars across the country are set to receive the upgrade over the next year.
Riverton’s weather radar is 20 years old; this upgrade is expected to keep it up to date for another 20 years.
Weather meteorologists say this is the first of four upgrades scheduled to happen over the next few years.