In an effort to improve the ability to warn people about severe weather including tornadoes, the federal government has signed an 83 million dollar contract which will see 20 state-of-the-art weather radars to be built around the country.
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Genevieve Bechard says it means the two weather stations in Saskatchewan at Bethune and Radisson will be getting a complete upgrade.
Bechard says the radars will double the detection range that is currently in place allowing for more accurate forecasts should severe weather start to roll in.
She adds the radars will be better able to predict what kind of precipitation is coming whether it be rain, snow or hail.
Bechard can’t say when the weather stations will be replaced in Saskatchewan, but they are some of the older ones in operation so they could be one of the first to get changed over.
It is hoped all weather stations around the country will be upgraded by the year 2023.