STATE COLLEGE WSR-88D UPGRADE TO DUAL POL BEGINS MARCH 19TH
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STATE COLLEGE WSR-88D UPGRADE TO DUAL POL BEGINS MARCH 19TH
...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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

THE STATE COLLEGE PENNSYLVANIA WSR-88D RADAR /KCCX/ WILL BE DOWN FOR AN UPGRADE TO DUAL POLARIZATION TECHNOLOGY /DUAL-POL/ DURING PORTIONS OF THE THIRD AND FOURTH WEEKS OF MARCH 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 MONDAY MARCH 19TH AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY MARCH 26TH. A SCHEDULE CHANGE PUSHED THE STATE COLLEGE PA INSTALL DATE FORWARD SEVERAL WEEKS TO THE MID TO LATE MARCH TIMEFRAME. DURING THE INSTALLATION... NEIGHBORING WSR-88D RADARS MAY BE USED AS FOLLOWS...

KDIX - MOUNT 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 MARCH 8TH...AND AGAIN ON MARCH 16TH.

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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