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Saskatchewan receives its first new weather radar

Staff Writer |
By modernizing our weather-radar network, the Government of Canada is showing its commitment to better predict and prepare for weather-related emergencies—many of which are exacerbated by climate change—which gives Canadian families and industries more time to protect themselves.

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The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, announced that the installation of the first of a series of new weather radars has started in Radisson, Saskatchewan.

This radar is expected to be operational by the end of December 2017. The installation of four additional new weather radars across Canada is also planned by the end of March 2019 and up to seven per year thereafter, until the end of the project in 2023.

Canadians in West-Central Saskatchewan will benefit from better and timelier severe-weather warnings resulting from the installation of the new, more powerful, state-of-the-art weather-radar facilities in Radisson.

Consequently, communities and agricultural operations in Saskatchewan will have access to more reliable weather information to help them plan and adapt to a changing climate during the next growing season.

Weather radars are the primary tool used by meteorologists to forecast short-term severe-weather events associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes, ice storms, and blizzards.

Equipped with modern technology, the new radars will provide more frequent updates, and they will have an extended tornado-detection range, giving Canadians greater lead time to take shelter.

Weather information supplied from the radars is also used by key sectors of the economy, which need to adapt to the effects of changing weather and environmental conditions, including transport, tourism and recreation, agriculture, and public health and safety.

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