New radar system to increase tornado warning time revealed

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DALLAS — A radar system that could provide as much as 10 minutes advance warning ahead of a tornado was finally unveiled in Dallas Tuesday. 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has partnered with the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) Engineering Research Center to put the system to use in the region.

The CASA system first made news in April, following a day where the region witnessed 17 tornadoes, at least two of which were on the ground before sirens went off.

But while those twisters tore up several local communities, the CASA system was sitting in a warehouse because FEMA had rejected a $150,000 grant application from the developers to install it.

Officials are planning to install the radars on the campuses of the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas.

Funding for those installations is still being sorted out.

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