Addison is part of a five-year, $10 million project to demonstrate how a radar network of X-band sensors can improve hazardous weather forecasts, warnings, and responses in a dense urban environment. The Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network consist of eight radar sites, including the Town of Addison Service Center on Westgrove Drive, at the northeast corner of Addison Airport.
The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are leading the project. It will develop high-resolution radar maps of current and future weather in the lowest part of the atmosphere, altitudes unseen by other weather radar. This overlapping network will detect and forecast severe wind, tornadoes, hail, ice, and flash floods.
This more detailed information will enable emergency managers to make quicker, more focused decisions. The network will also demonstrate the value of collaborative radar networks and provide performance data to advance the sensors involved and their optimal deployment systems. This will lead to models for future federal/municipal/private partnerships to fund new technology and interdisciplinary weather system research.
The short range and close spacing of the short-range radar sensors overcomes coverage limitations of traditional weather radars. The eight X-band radar sensors in the network cover 12 of 16 counties in the DFW area, home to the majority of the Metroplex’s population. As a host location, Addison public safety officials—and Addison Airport—will have a better situational awareness of hazardous weather in real time.