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Mon August 27, 2012
Vermont National Weather Service Office Gets New Radar System
Meteorologists at Vermont's National Weather Service office in South Burlington have a new tool to help improve their forecasts.
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy helped inaugurate Monday the upgraded, dual polarization Doppler radar serving the region.
Officials say the upgrade to the so-called dual-pol system is the most significant enhancement ever made to the nation's radar network since Doppler radar was first installed in the early 1990s.
The upgrade includes software and a hardware attachment to the radar dish allowing it to send and receive both horizontal and vertical pulses
The technology provides a more informative two-dimensional picture about the size and shape of the objects detected. It gives meteorologists the ability to determine whether the radar is measuring rain, snow, hail or birds.
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