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Mar 29, 2013 12:31 PM by Stephen Bowers

NWS Pueblo radar to be shut down for upgrades

The National Weather Service in Pueblo has scheduled major upgrades to the radar located in northern Pueblo County, and those upgrades begin this weekend.

NWS' radar will be out of service beginning Saturday March 30 for two weeks while the upgrades take place, bringing new "dual-pol" technology to Southern Colorado. After the upgrade is complete, the radar will be better equipped to estimate precipitation amounts, pinpoint heavy rainfall capable of producing flash flooding, detect differences in precipitation (snow versus rain) and other non-weather features, such as smoke. The new radar feature will also allow for better tracking of severe thunderstorms and improve the ability of meteorologists to track hail storms and tornadoes.

The National Weather Service notes on their website that the full benefit of the radar upgrades will not be fully known until a deeper understanding of the new tools is reached, which can only come with time.

During the outages, the Weather Service says surrounding radar sites in Denver, Goodland, Dodge City, Albuquerque, and Grand Junction can be used. The outages will NOT impact our First Alert 5 Live Doppler, which is always available at KOAA.com.

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