Politics & Government

State gets funds for new Doppler system

Full funding for a new Doppler radar system in Washington state was included in the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Barack Obama.

“This funding is a crucial victory for Washington state,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. “Doppler coverage in Washington state is incredibly inadequate and leaves residents vulnerable to storms and severe weather. We face some of the most severe storms in the nation, yet have the worst radar coverage of any coastal state.”

The $7 million included in the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act, along with a $2 million down-payment previously secured by Cantwell, is enough to provide Washington state with a full-blown Doppler coastal radar system. The National Weather Service hopes to have the system installed and fully operational sometime in 2012.