Western Ill. U. fills radar gap
It’s the newest resident on campus, scanning the skies 24-hours a day in search of the next storm. The radar became a reality thanks to a substantial gift in memory of former W.I.U. professor John Blauvelt. Crowdfunding and additional gifts from the McDonough Power Cooperative also helped launch the project into its final stages this summer.
“They’re actually pretty excited. For the first time they get to be in the driver’s seat of a couple hundred thousand dollar piece of state-of-the-art equipment”, says Redina Finch, a Professor of Meteorology at Western Illinois University in Macomb. That new piece of equipment is a Doppler radar that will fill one fatal flaw in radar technology located in western Illinois, what’s known as the “radar gap”.