LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The National Weather Service office in Little Rock has received an upgraded Doppler radar system to help improve weather forecasting and warnings.
Sen. Mark Pryor joined weather service officials in making the announcement Wednesday in Little Rock.
Officials say the Dual-polarization radar will provide enhanced information to meteorologists so they can better track, assess and warn the public about approaching weather dangers. The system can also detect small bits of debris kicked up by a tornado — giving forecasters the ability to confirm a tornado even in the dark.
It will also help detect hazards to aircraft, such as icing conditions and birds.
The upgrade is being made in weather service offices nationwide.
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