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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 10:30:12 AM »
http://www.startribune.com/local/west/140443333.html

Hmmm, they talk about "Double Doppler" around here all the time.  I figured it was just a marketing angle for the local tv forecasters to make it seem like they had twice the tools.


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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 04:08:23 PM »
It can't forecast tornadoes any better then current radar.  Current radar  using the velocity data actually picks up the rotation in the atmosphere.What DP does is better identify to the met that a tornado is actually on the ground based on the debris field.

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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012, 03:09:50 PM »
The new radar will be coming soon here too.  Just announced by MTR:

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
 1046 AM PST MON FEB 27 2012
 
 ...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RADAR KMUX
 WILL UNDERGO DUAL-POLARIZATION UPGRADE AND WILL BE OUT OF SERVICE
 DURING MID TO LATE APRIL THIS YEAR...
 
 THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WSR-88D RADAR /KMUX/ WILL BE OUT OF
 SERVICE FOR AN UPGRADE TO DUAL-POLARIZATION TECHNOLOGY /DUAL-POL/
 FROM APRIL 16 TO APRIL 30...2012. THIS IS THE LARGEST HARDWARE
 UPGRADE TO THE RADAR SINCE ITS DEPLOYMENT IN THE EARLY 1990S.

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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 04:30:43 PM »
I think it will be very interesting to see them in action in their first spots like in Minnesota to where we can compare them side by side and see their advantages and disadvantages, but Im sure it will have some improvements! :grin:
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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 09:09:52 AM »
Des Moines Register March 17th

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120317/NEWS/303170026/New-Doppler-radar-has-bright-potential?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News


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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 12:35:19 AM »
So if this thing is going to scan for debris being picked up, what will stop it from catching debris from severe thunderstorms or possibly even hail? Haven't we already seen problems from current radar being a bit too sensitive and causing tons of unjustified warnings? I'm not saying it's a bad thing (other than folks will become even dumber and take even more unjustified risks with their lives by ignoring warnings more often probably), but I do wonder if this is actually a step worth taking or not.

Honestly, whether or not a tornado is on the ground is irrelevant. You should always ere on the side of caution. Don't have people waiting to see whether or not the radar indicates it to be on the ground. As has already been described in some of my previous postings, it's never a good idea to give people more rope to hang themselves with. If it looks like a good old fashioned hook echo, it's time for folks to hit the basement. It should be that simple IMO.

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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 02:37:40 AM »
Another good point by HailHunter, although I think it will be a great idea to see how the new radars work, and see if any improvements can be made, and if so I'm sure they would be fixed pretty quickly. I don't think the NOAA would have new radars implemented if they didn't think they would help with warnings/saving lifes/more advanced radar imagery :-) :-)
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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 07:29:06 PM »
KDLH Radar will be out starting towmarrow to the 14Th of May

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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 09:47:29 AM »
I spoke with the COO of the Atlanta NWS, Steve Nelson, and he stated that so far the DP upgrade has been awesome. They can pick out detail much easier, including the debris balls, hail cores, etc. According to him it's been great so far. We've had it since the first week of December here.
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Re: New 'Doppler' radar coming soon
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2012, 09:15:29 PM »
Here is the info on the radar upgrade from todays newspaper goto http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/231136/ for the info

 

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