Doppler radar could be coming to Bryan Co.

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DURANT, Okla. – Bryan County officials are taking steps to prepare all of Texoma for severe weather. Commissioners are asking U.S. Congressman Dan Boren for federal funds to buy a Doppler radar that would be placed in Bryan County.

When severe weather strikes everyone wants to be prepared. Now Bryan County officials are hoping a Doppler radar will help this entire region.

"It kind of makes me cringe this time of year, as you know severe weather tornadoes can happen anytime of year," Bryan County Emergency management director James Dalton says.

Bryan County Emergency Management director James Dalton wants to know when storms are happening and their severity-- all the time.

"We’re seeing nothing below ten thousand feet. Everything we see it that level upward into the clouds."

The national weather service operates several Dopplers in the southwest, but looking at the map, it's as simple as connecting the dots. There's a big hole in the Southern Oklahoma-North Texas region.

"We’re having to depend on the eye of our spotters in the field, and especially at night that's a risky proposition for everybody,” Dalton says.

County commissioners drafted a resolution to give to Representative Dan Boren, asking for federal funds to pay for a Doppler radar.

The county already owns land, and a tower, in the northeastern part of Bryan County, an unobstructed area for the radar to scan.

"Something could happen to us real quick without the knowledge that it's fixing to happen,” Bryan County commissioner Ivan Kelly says.

Currently, the other area Dopplers barely reach Texoma, but one in Bryan County would be a central spot to cover everywhere in between.

"This is a need we have not selfishly for Bryan County. This is a need for multiple counties, in southeastern Oklahoma, south central Oklahoma, and all the counties that border us into Texas," Kelly says.

Dalton says since this is an election year, it could take two or three years for the funds to go through, but he says it's time and money that would be well spent.

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  • by Greg Location: Oklahoma City on Feb 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM
    KXII does own it's own radar and the National Weather Service does not have access to it. NWS needs a radar down in Bryan county as they cannot see rotation in the lower levels of the storm down there. They need it to issue better tornado and high wind warnings with fewer false alarms. PLUS, KXII's radar only looks at the bottom of storms (constantly) where as the NWS NEXRAD radar has an automated program that scans storms top to bottom for developing hail and developing rotation in the mid-levels we would not see with a television radar under normal operation scanning only the bottom of a storm. Using the NWS radar it's like taking a flashlight and looking at a tiny object with it a half a mile away. You don't get any detail (the beam becomes wider the farther you are from the radar).
  • by JL Location: Durant on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    It's great to see James Dalton and staff taking a pro-active stance for improved weather protection in the area. My take on the KXII doppler question is that each community's emergency management personnel are supposed to access their information from the National Weather Service in Norman and not with the local news station. The site in Madill is probably owned and/or operated exclusively by Channel 12. (KXII, please feel free to correct me on this)
  • by Beth Location: Sherman on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    I thought KXII tv had a dopple radar? I mean they keep saying that on the news all the time. Does that not cover bryan co. also? KXII what do you have to say about this issue? I would like to here what you have to say. Yes, KXII does have a Doppler radar in Madill. -Staff
  • by Bill Location: Denison on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    I think it might be a good idea. However, I think that KXII's Doppler already covers the area they are talking about. The problem with radar is when it is located too close to the target area the detail that you need is in the ground clutter of the radar and obscured from the observer. Does KXII's technical staff have any comments? (The natural curvature of the earth is one mile per 100 miles and radar beams travel in streight lines.)
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    They don't even know how to spell Doppler in Bryan County!
  • by OK Location: Durant on Feb 27, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    I think this is a great idea! Now we need to get more sirens and such. I know people who have no warning at all out at the lake and in Bokchito.
  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Feb 27, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    Now this is a good example of taxpayer money well spent. I don't see what the problem is. Better than wasting it on some welfare drug addict or prison inmate.
  • by jojo Location: cobb on Feb 27, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    What a huge waste of money..there are more than enough radars in this part of the country that it's hard to keep a hot dog frozen. One of those things in the wrong hands is worse than not having one...just what we need are a bunch of amateur radar experts. And God knows what vote Boren is selling to get his fellow congressmen to go along.
  • by Leith Logan Location: denison on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    My name is leith Logan and i am fasinated in weather and would love to be a storm chaser or something to the tune of weather.My favorite movie is Twister go figure. I think that the Doopler radar idea would be great and made a 1st priority and put in efesct immeidly. The reason being is bad weather season is fast approaching.If anyone has info on how to go into storm chasing or n e thing like that i would love to do it but have kids and no time to attend classes but could take internet classes. Thanks for your help.
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