Ryan Delaney, WRVO http://innovationtrail.org en How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down http://innovationtrail.org/post/how-weather-service-decides-if-tornado-touched-down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/least-three-separate-tornados-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:51:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3513 at http://innovationtrail.org How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://innovationtrail.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:07:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3512 at http://innovationtrail.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash http://innovationtrail.org/post/common-problem-caused-air-national-guards-drone-crash <p>An unmanned aircraft expert says a "not uncommon problem" caused an Air National Guard drone to smash into Lake Ontario last November.</p><p>The <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions" target="_blank">Air Force says multiple communication and navigation failures</a> lead to the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, piloted by the Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.</p><p>No one was hurt when the multi-ton aircraft plummeted into the lake 12 miles offshore, late last year.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:09:42 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3511 at http://innovationtrail.org "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions http://innovationtrail.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrvo/audio/2014/07/RD_0701.MP3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Multiple communication and navigation failures on&#160;174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.<p>An Air Force accident review board <a href="http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123416390&source=GovD" target="_blank">released its report</a> Tuesday on what caused <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues" target="_blank">the Nov. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:19:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3508 at http://innovationtrail.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct http://innovationtrail.org/post/tighter-curves-could-minimize-impact-new-i-81-viaduct <p>Tighter curves built into a new Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse could mean fewer buildings along the highway’s path would need to be torn down.</p><p>Rebuilding the mile and a half of elevated interstate through the city is one of two options transportation planners are recommending for how to replace the current, aging viaduct.</p><p>But a new viaduct would have to be significantly wider than the current one in order to be up to highway standards. It could also be up to ten feet higher.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:46:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3501 at http://innovationtrail.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct