News On 6 Storm Trackers Are Ready For Severe Weather


Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 1:47 pm
By: News On 6


Storm trackers are our eyes in the field during severe weather, sending back crucial video and weather data.

But we don't just wait for a storm to strike. We prepare for severe weather season months ahead of time.

Just two weeks ago, the storm trackers and weather team met to strategize and organize, so when it's "go" time - we're ready.

With eight storm tracking units dedicated to covering Green Country and even more state-wide in our network, we can cover multiple severe storms from multiple angles. With state-of-the-art equipment, we can give you the best idea of what's going on, real-time to you at home.

That state-of-the-art equipment includes HD cameras on the dashboard for a 180-degree view of storms and out the back, because they're not always driving toward the storms.

"That allows us to pay attention to the road and to the storm and gives as accurate of an account of what the storm is doing as we can without having to worry about the video," said Von Castor, News On 6 Storm Tracker. 

Weather sensors give us real-time storm information, essential to understanding what's unfolding during severe weather. GPS allows us to track the trackers on radar and match it to what they see in the field.

Lighting panels on our trucks play a life-saving role at night following a storm's wrath.

"Often times we are the first responders, and if you think about it, when an area has been hit by a tornado or severe weather, there's no lights, and so the most important thing is to get the lights on so the responders can get in and see what's going on," said News On 6 Storm Tracker Darren Stephens. 

Ultimately, safety is our trackers' top priority allowing our fleet to keep the rest of Green Country informed and ready for whatever threatens us.