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Technology upgrade at Weather Service should mean more specific warnings

New radar technology going in at the National Weather Service's Minnesota offices will help forecasters determine when tornadoes have touched the ground. It will also help them know how hard it's raining, which will improve flood forecasts.
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New radar technology going in at the National Weather Service's Minnesota offices will help forecasters determine when tornadoes have touched the ground. It will also help them know how hard it's raining, which will improve flood forecasts.

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