WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger introduced legislation requiring the commerce secretary analyze the “radar gap” from Charlotte not having National Weather Service Doppler radar coverage.
The region is covered by NWS radar near Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. Pittenger’s team notes that tornadoes have been missed, including one in 2015 in Union County.
“In 2012, the National Weather Service missed signs of a developing tornado and didn’t issue a warning until 10 minutes after that tornado snatched a boy from his bed and tossed him onto the side of I-485. Thankfully, the boy survived,” Pittenger said. “The lack of consistent and reliable radar data for the Charlotte region is serious, and we shouldn’t wait for a tragedy to act.”
Senators Richard Burr, Thom Tillis and Maria Cantwell introduced bipartisan companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. Pittenger and Burr have worked since 2015 to find a solution to the “radar gap.”