StormRanger 7: ‘A First' for San Diego Weather Coverage

During fire season, StormRanger 7 can be an asset for San Diego

NBC 7’s exclusive StormRanger 7 mobile radar truck is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that has a live, high-powered radar that enables StormRanger 7 to get out ahead of a storm. StormRanger 7 can track storms wherever they are with a higher degree of accuracy and with more detail than ever before.

During fire season, StormRanger 7 can be an asset to the public as well as fire departments and government leaders. The StormRanger 7’s X-band radar is able to detect much smaller particles than a larger fixed radar.

"This radar technology and mobile configuration is a first for any TV station or network of stations in the U.S," said Richard Stedronsky, a meteorologist and director of strategic business development and partnerships at Enterprise Electronics Corporation. "NBC-Telemundo is the first to deploy this fleet of mobile Doppler radars in the nation."

"We are boosting our weather forecasting capabilities by building, from scratch, the first-of-its-kind fleet of mobile weather radars in the country because we know how important weather is to our viewers," said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "All of our stations will have access to this groundbreaking weather technology so they can deliver even more lifesaving weather information to their communities."

StormRanger 7's radar, which has a maximum range of about 100 miles, will update about once every 60 seconds. These updates mean you'll be up-to-the-minute when tracking how and when the weather or fires will impact you.

By driving StormRanger 7 close to storms or fires, NBC 7 will be able to give a detailed look that TV stations never have been able to do before. Fixed radars may miss certain weather events or smoke due to terrain. StormRanger 7 can fill in those gaps in coverage, and in turn provide a more complete picture of what is happening now.

In addition to radar, StormRanger 7 has three cameras to give you an up-close look at conditions - one on the dashboard, one on the roof, and one pointed at a reporter riding in the vehicle.

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