New radar to improve the weather forecasts

Forget rainstorms and gale-force winds: The National Meteorological Service (EMY) will soon have technology that will be able to detect even the movement of swarms of mosquitoes, officials told Kathimerini yesterday. Construction has begun in Preveza, northwestern Greece, to install a high-tech Doppler radar system, which will be used for weather forecasting by EMY. The Doppler system, also used by the National Weather Service in the USA, uses radio waves like other radar, but its computer analyzes frequency changes in the returning signals to show the direction and speed of winds blowing around rain, insects and other objects. «With Doppler radar, apart from forecasting the area where a storm might hit, we can safely predict its length and intensity,» EMY weatherman Giorgos Alexakis told Kathimerini.