How a new Doppler radar could better help detect storms in western Illinois

The Western Illinois University Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Geographic Information Sciences (EAGIS) is raising funds for a new Doppler radar.

According to the department, “McDonough and surrounding counties in Illinois are located in what is known as a radar ‘hole.’ As the National Weather Service radars are located 80 – 90 miles away, those radars often only detect what is happening near the top of storms in our area.”

Due to the distance of the radars, storms can not be properly detected, such as tornado activity.

If the funds are raised, a new Doppler radar would be installed on top of Memorial Hall, helping meteorology students better detect storms.

The department is asking for donations for the project here.