Mississippi was the 20th state to join the United States, coming into the Union not long after the War of 1812. It was also one of the Confederate states to break away from the United States during the Civil War era. It is one of the few places where you can still see the Confederate flag readily on display in the US as the blue cross with stars on a red background is part of the state’s flag still today.
The state has always been primarily an agricultural state because of its warm weather and wet conditions, making the use of Mississippi doppler radar extremely important every day.
Despite being the 31st most populous state in the country, there are only two primary Mississippi doppler radar stations. Much of the radar coverage the state receives comes from Louisiana and Alabama, with supplemental coverage coming from Florida. Here is a look at the two primary locations you’ll find in this state:
Columbus Air Force Base: This Air Force Base is the home of the United State’s Air Education and Training Command. Good flying requires good knowledge of incoming weather conditions, which is why one of the two Mississippi doppler radar stations is located right here! This base initially trained pilots in World War II, but the base closed down when the war was over. When the Korean War flared up less than a decade later, the Air Force re-opened the base for training once again and the base has remained open ever since. Much of the Strategic Air Command that was put into place during the Soviet crisis the US experienced came from this air base.
Jackson: Often called the “City with Soul,” Jackson is the capital of Mississippi. It is also close to centrally located within the state, making it the perfect location for the other doppler radar station that is dedicated to this state. Initially founded in 1821 at the site of a trading post, the capital was established here simply because legislators wanted a capital with a central location. There have been 3 capital buildings built in Jackson over time. Most notable, however, is the explosive population growth that Jackson experienced in the 1900’s. At the start of the century, only 8,000 people called this city home. At the end of the century, census figures listed nearly 400,000 residents.