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21 October 2016

Improve Cumbria’s weather radar system, says council leader

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Speaking at a meeting of Cabinet yesterday, Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council argued for the need to significantly improve the weather radar system to help better protect Cumbria in the future.

Councillor Stewart Young said:

“Following the floods last year one of the things that came to light was that our agencies didn’t receive the detailed advance weather warnings that they needed to help protect our communities and businesses.  Since then it has emerged that the current radar weather warning system does not provide adequate high resolution weather warning information for our area.  Because of our landscape, particularly our mountains, the line of sight for our areas from the existing radar stations is restricted.  I am therefore calling on the government to invest in improved high resolution weather radar systems that will help protect Cumbria.  We have more than our fair share of bad weather and this would provide much needed early warning to ourselves and other partner agencies of any future severe weather fronts heading our way.”

The current system provides only low resolution radar data over the Irish Sea and much of Cumbria.  As the majority of rain approaches Cumbria from the West, the lower resolution data provides a limited picture of what is coming in over the Irish Sea, or what may be developing as it crosses.
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Councillor Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council argued for the need to significantly improve the weather radar system to help better protect Cumbria in the future.