The National Weather Service office that tells central Illinois when it needs to be wary of the weather is getting a radar upgrade. The Weather Service office in Lincoln expects installation of new dual-polarization radar to begin around the end of the month. The new radar will give forecasters essentially a 3-D look at weather. Current Doppler radar provides a less detailed look. Meteorologist Chris Miller says the new technology will allow him to be able to see how big the raindrops, snowflakes or hailstones are that are falling in a moving storm. That will give forecasters a better idea of the storm's severity. The installation is part of a $50 million federal plan to upgrade technology at 160 sites around the country.
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