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New weather station finds home at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport

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A local airport is now home for a brand new weather station.

The National Weather Service installed the equipment Thursday at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern.

The equipment can calculate everything from how fast rain is falling to how large the raindrops are. It can even measure wind speed and wind direction from the surface to 28,000 feet.

The National Weather Service is installing these in 10 places in our state to sharpen their forecasting methods.

"I'm glad they chose us. They wanted to be coastal, but they didn't want to be right on the coast. So they figured here they're back enough that if a hurricane came, we'd get a little less work than if we were out by Hatteras," said airport director Tom Braaten.

Braaten says for the next year and a half, the weather station will constantly send back information to the National Weather Service in Denver.

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