City could get better radar weather coverage
CHARLOTTE – After a three-year discussion with Congressman Robert Pittenger and Sen. Richard Burr, the National Weather Service has agreed to improve severe weather radar coverage in Charlotte.
On Aug. 3, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini announced tentative plans to provide radar coverage over the city at 2,500 feet instead of the current 10,000 feet, which is too high for reliable data.
“Lowering the angle would allow NWS forecasters and private meteorologists to see radar data at lower levels of the atmosphere, where small-scale tornadoes can form very quickly, sometimes not recognizable at higher levels,” Uccellini said.
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts also presented a low-level radar coverage technology, known as CASA.
“Dr. Uccellini said the next generation of weather service radars won’t be deployed for another 14 to 20 years,” Pittenger said. “The CASA technology is an achievable, low cost option that would complement existing NWS facilities and provide a major boost for local meteorologists … This is a good step forward, but more work remains.”
Booty fundraiser breaks fundraising record
CHARLOTTE – The 17th annual 24 Hours of Booty has raised $1.8 million to fight cancer.
On July 27 and 28, 1,200 participants from 23 states rode bikes and walked through Myers Park’s famed “Booty Loop.” More than 300 volunteers and police were stationed at various points along the course to support the event.
“This year’s 24 Hours of Booty was a huge success thanks to our amazing community of riders, walkers, cancer survivors and their loved ones, volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and Myers Park neighbors,” said Lisa Dale, regional director for the 24 Foundation.
There were many teams who helped raise money for the event, but none could beat LIBStrong/Drew’s Crew, who raised $168,737. Josh Jones helped his team of LIBStrong/Drew’s Crew rise to the top by raising $39,138.
Since the event’s inception in 2002, more than $21 million has been raised to support cancer survivors and patient navigation programs.
Pro soccer team helps paralyzed teen
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence pro soccer team is rallying support for McKenna Woodhead and her family for the Aug. 22 game against Louisville City FC.
McKenna, a 14-year-old soccer player with the Carolina Rapids, was paralyzed from the chest down after a June 25 jet ski accident. The Independence will donate ticket revenues from the #McKennaStrong game to the family.
“McKenna’s family is deeply touched and appreciative of the support from the Charlotte soccer community. It’s beyond words,” said Thomas Finlay, executive director for Carolina Rapids. “The greater Charlotte area is fortunate to have a soccer community whose response to this situation has been ‘What can we do to help?’ That’s a family.”
McKenna’s family posts updates on her status at www.caringbridge.org/visit/mckennas trong/journal.
Call 704-206-1515 or visit www.charlottein dependence.com to buy tickets.