A hole in radar coverage that impacts far western North Dakota will be plugged with a new radar system.
Williams County Commissioners have voted to spend money from the county’s 1% public safety tax to install weather radar that would provide coverage to Williston, Watford City, and other parts of the region.
Watford City was the site of a fatal tornado strike last summer.
Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Smith says the radar is a perfect use of public safety funds.
(Mike Smith Williams County Emergency Manager) “We had a tornado south of us last year in McKenzie County that claimed the life of one and injured several people. This will help the National Weather Service detect those kinds of storms a little bit better than they do now.”
Smith says the new system will be installed at the new Williston Basin International Airport, once approval is gained from federal agencies.
He said the radar will also be valuable to operations at the new airport – providing better information about low-level winds.