Science: Weather Radar Net

To weathermen, radar has been the biggest boon their science has known since the barometer. Without radar, weather forecasters had to depend on reports from observation stations, which are always too few, and often slow to arrive. With radar, they can actually watch the approach of storm clouds. Many a weather or storm disaster might have been averted or minimized if proper radars had been on the job to flash a timely warning.

The U.S. Weather Bureau (traditionally starved, by Congress) has only a few hand-me-down military radars. But this week the Bureau announced...

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