NWS State College Dual Pol Radar Upgrade Begins Feb. 24
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NWS State College Dual Pol Radar Upgrade Begins Feb. 24
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
546 PM EST WED FEB 15 2012

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...NWS STATE COLLEGE KCCX WILL BE UPGRADED TO DUAL POLARIZATION AND BE OUT OF SERVICE DURING LATE FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

THE STATE COLLEGE PENNSYLVANIA WSR-88D RADAR /KCCX/ WILL BE DOWN FOR AN UPGRADE TO DUAL POLARIZATION TECHNOLOGY /DUAL-POL/ DURING THE LAST WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2012. THIS IS THE LARGEST HARDWARE UPGRADE
TO THE RADAR SINCE ITS DEPLOYMENT IN THE EARLY 1990S.

DUAL-POL TECHNOLOGY OFFERS A NEW SET OF TOOLS TO BETTER DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN RAIN...SNOW...HAIL...MIXED PRECIPITATION AND NON-PRECIPITATION ECHOES. THIS UPGRADE PROVIDES FORECASTERS WITH BETTER RAINFALL ACCUMULATION ESTIMATES AND ENHANCED INFORMATION TO MORE EFFECTIVELY FORECAST SEVERE STORMS AND WINTER WEATHER.

DUAL-POL UTILIZES A POLARIMETRIC BEAM THAT DETECTS DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL ORIENTATION OF ATMOSPHERIC TARGETS. CONVENTIONAL RADAR ONLY DETECTS THE HORIZONTAL ORIENTATION.

THE ROUGHLY WEEK LONG INSTALLATION PROCESS WILL BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 24TH AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 2ND. DURING THIS TIME...NEIGHBORING WSR-88D RADARS MAY BE USED AS FOLLOWS...

KDIX - MT HOLLY NJ
KLWX - STERLING VA
KPBZ - PITTSBURGH PA
KBUF - BUFFALO NY
KBGM - BINGHAMTON NY

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DUAL POLARIZATION UPGRADE... AND FOR ACCESS TO DUAL-POL TRAINING FOR NON-NWS METEOROLOGISTS...PLEASE VISIT...
WWW.WDTB.NOAA.GOV/COURSES/DUALPOL/OUTREACH /ALL LOWER CASE/

THIS MESSAGE WILL BE RESENT ON FEBRUARY 21ST...AND AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 24TH.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS...PLEASE CONTACT...
GREG DEVOIR /RADAR OPERATIONS PROGRAM LEADER/
GREG.DEVOIR@NOAA.GOV

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DEVOIR

 
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