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NWS Charleston, SC - Charleston, SC WSR-88D Radar - Dual Pol Upgrade
Charleston, SC WSR-88D Radar Dual Polarization Upgrade Complete
Dual-polarimetric radar transmits electromagnetic pulses horizontally as well as vertically whereas the current doppler radar only transmits pulses in a horizontal direction.
The Charleston, South Carolina Weather Surveillance Radar (WSR-88D), also known as KCLX, has been upgraded with dual-polarization technology as of October 22. The upgrade is part of the NWS vision to
build a Weather-Ready Nation in order to better protect lives and livelihoods. The main advantages of the new capabilities will be improvement of rainfall amounts and precipitation type identification.