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National Weather Service to upgrade Doppler radar

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – The National Weather Service is improving its Doppler radar serving western Colorado by installing dual polarization technology. It will give forecasters better information about heavy rainfall, hail, thunderstorms, and recognize whether precipitation is falling as rain, snow or ice.

“This is the most significant upgrade to the nation’s weather radar network since Doppler radar was first installed in the early 1990s,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of the National Weather Service. “Dual polarization technology provides significantly more information and clearer pictures of current weather conditions, helping National Weather Service meteorologists provide more accurate and timely forecasts.”

“This radar upgrade will help us provide better short-term forecasts and warnings of flash floods and severe thunderstorms for the residents of eastern Utah and western Colorado,” said Mike Meyers, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.



Installation will begin Sept. 17 and take about 12 days. During the upgrade, adjacent Weather Service radars will cover the region.

The Weather Service is expected to finish installing the technology at all 122 radar sites across the country by the end of 2013.


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