WFOR CBS4 just launched a new cool weather radar this Thursday! They call it Doppler 4D, and it’s like nothing else in the South Florida TV news market. According to Craig Setzer’s Inside Weather Scoop Blog:
“A typical radar view is two dimensional. It is also typically the lowest “slice” out of a thunderstorm and indicates the intensity of rain (or possibly hail) falling out of the storm. If you loop the image you add the dimension of time and how the storm is changing over time. This, in some respects is three dimensions. We can also look at a radar image in the form of a “range height indicator” or RHI. Then you not only see a horizontal slice of the storm, but a vertical slice as well.”
“[…] So simple intensity of the storm is important and that’s what most radars show, but Doppler 4D shows the entire depth of the storm, revealing details we rarely see. Potential hail, extreme winds, even tornadoes show up when viewed in this much detail.”
With hurricane season already a month old, and a tropical weather system inevitable, this may be an edge WFOR needs. It seems to be common knowledge that WTVJ doesn’t have a chance in hell of gaining any viewers this hurricane season with their (small) all-star weather team – but WFOR has a chance. Read more of this personal opinion in the SFLTV Forums.