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What Is Doppler Radar?

When severe weather hits, WLOX News has the most important piece of weather equipment - Doppler Radar. Doppler Radar is a weather instrument specially designed to monitor wind turbulence in a storm by bouncing a radar beam off of raindrops or hail, then determining frequency shifts. This allows the Doppler to tell us which direction and how fast the raindrops or hail are moving. That means when severe weather or a tornado starts to form, the Doppler Radar will detect the storms' patterns.

WLOX News meteorologists are trained to read and analyze Doppler data and pass the information on to you. They can pinpoint the most severe storms, tell you what they are doing and where they are headed. Often, WLOX-TV is able to inform you of threatening weather even before an official warning is issued.

One of the reasons WLOX News meteorologists are so precise is that WLOX-TV owns its own real-time Doppler Radar. In fact, it's located at the WLOX-TV studios on DeBuys Road in Biloxi. This allows our staff of meteorologists to give you live, up to the minute reports. What you see on WLOX-TV is what's happening right now. Many television stations don't own their systems, which means they are reading someone else's data that can be as much as 15 minutes old. Time is important when it comes to severe weather because you need to know what's happening at that exact minute, so you can prepare or find safety.

Severe weather and tornadoes will always be a threat, but weather technology continues to advance. Rest assured, WLOX News meteorologists are constantly advancing their skills and knowledge so they can keep you better informed.

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