92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 11:00 AM
The WSR-88D Dual Polarization Program From a "30,000 Ft View"
Room 357 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Timothy Crum, NOAA/NEXRAD Radar Operations Center, Norman, OK; and S. B. Cocks, R. J. Vogt, G. S. Cate, R. W. Hall, and J. B. Boettcher

Several abstracts related to the Weather Surveillance Radar-1988, Doppler (WSR-88D) Dual Polarization Program have been submitted to the IIPS committee for inclusion at the AMS 2012 Annual meeting. Most of these presentations will focus on the science and technical details of the Dual Polarization Program. We propose a presentation to provide a high-level summary of the recent programmatics leading up to the decision to proceed with the dual polarization deployment and a look ahead to what WSR-88D data/product users can expect.

This paper and presentation will discuss: results of two operational assessments of dual polarization data and products; application of the WSR-88D Data Quality Team and sub-team to assess data quality; and Beta Test results. We will also summarize the training the NEXRAD agencies are receiving and available to the public; plans for future software changes; and the deployment schedule. The Dual Polarization Project has been another example of strong collaboration within the federal government; research organizations; universities; and the contractor.

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