2004: Storm Trackers past and present

2004: 50 Years of Weather special
A typical radar image in the early 1980s... (Source: WAFF archive)
A typical radar image in the early 1980s... (Source: WAFF archive)
...and today. (Source: WAFF)
...and today. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Weather coverage has been crucially important to Tennessee Valley residents.

With each dangerous storm that crosses our path, we are reminded again and again how critical it is to have a team of meteorologists who know the area and can help keep you safe.

In 2004, as part of our station's 50th Anniversary celebration, we produced an hour-long special about WAFF's weather coverage in the Tennessee Valley over the years.

Brad Travis hosted the special as well as a panel discussion with former meteorologists and weather presenters from the station's history - Bob Baron, John Malone, Jay Prater, Glenn Bracken and Jerral Miller.

Together, they discussed the major weather events that changed the landscape of North Alabama and the lives of its residents.

Brad also gave us more insight into the then state-of-the-art technology employed by the station at the time.

In recent years, the technology and information provided by the First Alert Storm Trackers has evolved. Our million-watt First Alert Doppler Radar provides street-level coverage of each system. Our 48 Weather App provides you the latest forecasts and storm and lightning warnings in your pocket.

That, combined with our weather radio programming efforts and Be Prepared series helps give you the best possible information so you can stay alert and stay ready for what the winds may bring.

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