Doppler Radar Coverage

The Atlantic Coast Conference is returning its championship events to North Carolina, including the 2017 football championship game set to be held in Charlotte in December.

A National Weather Service NEXRAD Doppler radar site.
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Across the U.S., the National Weather Service operates 122 Doppler radars. These Next Generation or 'NEXRAD' systems, installed in the 1990s, give forecasters powerful tools to track weather conditions including tornadoes and other severe storms.

NEXRAD radars are located in Raleigh, Columbia, and in Greer, South Carolina, west of Spartanburg - but not in or near Charlotte. Some say, that leaves a dangerous gap in radar coverage for the Charlotte region. Legislation now moving through Congress  could lead to a change down the road.