NOAA upgrading all the dopplers around the country to dual polarization

There's a new upgrade to the National Weather Service Doppler radar network that will help pinpoint possible severe weather.

Imagine being able to tell the actual size of raindrops?  Well, because of new Doppler radar technology, you can! and that means we'll be able give you a better idea of where flooding is likely.

It's called dual polarization, or Dual-Pole, and it works like this: "Current radar technology transmits and receives information in the horizontal direction which is very limited. dual polarization technology in addition to the horizontal, transmits and receives vertical energy which allows forecasters to get information about the size shape and phase of the precipitation, " saidPaul Schlatter  a NOAA Meteorologist.

It will also be able to distinguish between what's just a flock of birds, what's hail, and what's heavy rain.  

If you're worried about snow up north? Well, we can pinpoint those areas that may experience travel delays, too.

When it comes to severe weather, it's a huge advantage.

Schlatter says "Dual pole radar can also identify areas of tornado debris, as long as the radar can see the debris, forecasters are then able to track it and pinpoint the location of the tornado. this is especially helpful at nighttime when tornadoes are difficult to see with the human eye. "

For the first time meteorologists will be able to actually confirm when a tornado has touched down.  Traditionally meteorologists have depended on storm spotters to see it for themselves, and report back.

Miami just finished their upgrade, Melbourne a month ago, so our entire area is now covered.

This new technology is now incorporated into the power of Live Vipir 5 Max, which will help keep you safe from a storm.

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