Enhanced Weather Service Radar to Improve Precipitation, Tornado Detection

Enhanced Weather Service Radar to Improve Precipitation, Tornado Detection

The National Weather Service Dopplar radar will be getting a major upgrade soon with the latest dual polarization technology that will improve the detection of precipitation and tornadoes.

Upgrades will be taking place in late October to the Dopplar radar that serves south central Montana and northern Wyoming at the National Weather Service in Billings.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tom Frieders explains how the new technology will benefit forecasters.

Frieders gives us the details of how the dual polarization technology will help with tornado detection.

Frieders said that of the 122 National Weather Service radars throughout the country, the one in Billings will be the first to have the new technology installed. That installation will take place in late October, with plans for all of the country's radars to be upgraded in 2013.

Frieders stated that after the installation is complete in Billings, technicians will then install the dual polarization radar at the Weather Service in Riverton.

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