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Dual Polarization Media Briefing
 
The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County). In late August, the Doppler Weather Radar (WSR-88D) at the National Weather Service in Little Rock (Pulaski County) underwent an upgrade to Dual Polarization technology. On October 3rd, there was a media briefing concerning the upgrade at the local weather office.
In the picture: The WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) at the North Little Rock Airport (Pulaski County).

 

Senator Mark Pryor and Congressman Tim Griffin spoke at the ceremony. They addressed the importance of the National Weather Service (NWS), and remarked that for every $1 spent on the NWS, about $14 is returned to the economy. Senator Mark Pryor and Congressman Tim Griffin spoke about the value of Dual-Pol on 10/03/2012.
In the picture: Senator Mark Pryor and Congressman Tim Griffin spoke about the value of Dual-Pol on 10/03/2012. Click to enlarge.

 

Given that a Dual-Pol upgrade costs about $225,000 per radar, they noted that this was money well spent and an added benefit to help the NWS serve the public. Savings could be realized from "this relatively modest investment."

 

Renee Fair
Margaret Spring
Bill Proenza
David Maxwell
In the pictures: Other speakers at the media briefing included (from left) Renee Fair, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Little Rock, Margaret Spring, Principal Deputy Undersecretary fro Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA, Bill Proenza, National Weather Service Southern Region Director and David Maxwell, Director of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Click to enlarge.
 

Other speakers from the NWS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management focused on: (1) how Dual-Pol will help build a "Weather Ready Nation", (2) how local warning decisions and event lead times will improve (an example of how "government closest to the people serves best"), and (3) how more accurate warning information will help the NWS and its partners protect life and property.

Also in attendance were partners from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, the office of the North Little Rock mayor, and a staff member from Senator John Boozman's office.

 

 

Media coverage was extensive at the briefing. Media coverage was extensive, with all four local television stations represented. Newspaper and radio reporters also covered the event.
In the picture: Media coverage was extensive at the briefing. Click to enlarge.

 

Following the briefing, a few participants were taken on a supervised tour of the radar  to get a closer look at Dual-Pol. Also, Dual-Pol products (from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac on August 31, 2012) were on display in the office conference room. Christopher Buonanno (right), Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Little Rock, gave a tutorial on Dual-Pol products.
In the picture: Christopher Buonanno (right), Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Little Rock, gave a tutorial on Dual-Pol products. Click to enlarge.

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