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Dual-polarization radar coming to the Twin Cities

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen is about to get a significant upgrade in September. The Star Tribune reports the dual-polarization radar won't replace Doppler radar, but it should lead to better forecasts and help identify tornadoes in progress. That's something current radar can't do. Meteorologist Paul Douglas described the new technology as "Doppler on steroids."
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The National Weather Service in Chanhassen is about to get a significant upgrade in September. The Star Tribune reports the dual-polarization radar won't replace Doppler radar, but it should lead to better forecasts and help identify tornadoes in progress. That's something current radar can't do. Meteorologist Paul Douglas described the new technology as "Doppler on steroids."

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