…Dual-polarization upgrade to WSR-88D radar at Fort Dix coming soon…
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey would like
to announce the upcoming upgrade to the WSR-88D radar located at
Fort Dix (kdix). The upgrade will involve the installation of the
new dual-polarization radar technology. Dual-pol as it is commonly
referred to will help users identify non-weather targets more
easily, differentiate between rain, snow, and melting snow, help
detect when hail is present in a thunderstorm, detect areas of
heavy rain better, and detect debris lofted by significant tornadoes.
Please note that the WSR-88D radar located at Fort Dix will be
unavailable for 10-14 days during this process. The current expected
date to begin installation is January 30, 2012. The installation is
expected to be completed by February 12, 2012. Another public
information statement will be issued before the radar is taken
offline, in addition to a free text message (ftm).
Radars from surrounding National Weather Service offices will still
be operable, in addition to the surrounding terminal Doppler radars.
These include Dover Air Force base (kdox), Wakefield, Virginia
(kakq), Sterling, Virginia (klwx), State College, Pennsylvania
(kccx), Binghamton, New York (kbgm), and Upton, New York (kokx), as
well as Philadelphia International Airport (tphl), Baltimore
international Airport (tbwi), Andrews Air Force Base (tadw), and
Newark International Airport (tewr).
For more information on dual-polarization, please visit the warning
decision training branch at...
You can view the training for either non-NWS meteorologists or for
non-meteorologists. Also, you can speak to a meteorologist during
the hours of 8 am and 4 PM by calling 609-261-6615, or send an email
to ask.Phi@noaa.Gov if you have any questions.