New Haven (WTNH) - Storm Team 8's Mobile Weather Lab is a one of a kind vehicle,
specially equipped to allow our Storm Team 8 Meteorologists to
track weather conditions on the ground--anywhere across
Built on a Dodge Durango SUV, the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab is a rolling weather station, able to instantly measure a wide range of current weather conditions at the exact spot it is located.
That spot is pinpointed by the Mobile Weather Lab's onboard Global Positioning System. The current conditions can be relayed via wireless data and voice systems back to our Storm Team 8 weather center, where our meteorologists can include the information into their weather forecasts.
But the Mobile Weather Lab carries even more state of the art weather technology, because it also features a real-time mobile version of our Doppler Network. Delivered by satellite directly to the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab, the Doppler Network allows our meteorologists to track severe weather to wherever the vehicle may be located at any given time.
The Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab was inspired by the custom vehicles used by "Storm Chasers" throughout the Southwest region of the country that is frequently visited by severe thunderstorms and tornados in the spring of each year. But the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab is capable of tracking all of the severe weather that can strike Southern New England during every season of the year.
All of the latest technology was put into the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab by the people at Whelen Engineering in Chester, Connecticut, who are the leaders in outfitting emergency vehicles for police and other public service agencies across the country.
And when its not tracking severe weather, you'll see the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab visiting schools across Connecticut as part a special education program that helps introduce students to the basic science concepts behind our ever-changing weather.
Plus the Storm Team 8 Mobile Weather Lab will travel across the state to let you know what to expect when you head out to the state's biggest events throughout the year!