Published: 2009-03-06 12:05:42
Updated: 2009-03-06 12:05:42
Posted March 6, 2009
As Severe Weather Awareness Week concludes, memories of past severe weather events I’ve covered at WRAL come flooding back to me. As meteorologists, all of us at WRAL share common goals. We want to give complete forecasts each day, but most importantly, we aim to give you the tools and information you need to stay safe during severe weather. That means getting you up-to-the minute updates on severe weather as it moves into our area.
When Storms Strike
As any storm system approaches, we use multiple computer models to assess what’s happening. We look for trends in the forecast, shifts in the path of a storm, and changes in intensity. We constantly monitor the radar. When the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning, we decide if we should break into programming to inform viewers of the impending conditions. We do our best to not interrupt programming unless we believe the weather is life-threatening. When we do break in, our goal is simple: to quickly inform you where the threatening weather is, who will feel an impact, and what the threat means to you.
At WRAL, we use our state of the art technology to enable us to make the best predictions possible. We use our exclusive DUALDoppler5000 and Fayetteville Doppler radars to show the storm, and we zoom into the area the storm is affecting or approaching. We are even able to zoom down to street level maps to show people where a tornado is located or where large hail is falling. (By the way, did you know you can drive the radar at home, too? Use the new iControl feature on WRAL.com to take control of the radar display. You can even zoom down to your back yard!)
What You're Telling Us
We know people count on us for the latest information and we appreciate your feedback on how we do:
Another service WRAL provides during severe weather is WRAL WeatherCall. Now, even if you are asleep or don’t have your television on, we can warn you of an approaching, dangerous storm by calling you at home or on your cell phone. We've had it running for a few months now, and we've already received some very kind words about the service:
Why We're Here
Forecasting is one of the toughest aspects of an on-air meteorologist’s job. We know you, our viewers, are counting on us to inform you. We accept this responsibility with a great deal of care and passion for what we do. A respect and passion for the weather is what made each of us interested in meteorology. When I was a little girl, I remember being on vacation and watching storms pound the ocean in the distance. The next morning, I woke up and saw many of the hotels around the one where I was staying torn apart. A tornado had violently passed through overnight as I slept. The power of weather is endless and continues to intrigue me. Here at WRAL, we work hard to always be on top of severe weather and then afterward, we spend hours analyzing what happened.
Count on WRAL
With warmer months right around the corner, I’m excited about putting away the winter coat! But as warmer weather approaches, so does the threat of severe weather. Let’s make it a point to do everything we can to survive whatever Mother Nature throws our way. And remember, you can count on WRAL and WRAL.com for the latest information when severe weather strikes!