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New radar system for the National Weather Service

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PENDLETON, Ore. -- Meteorologists at the National Weather Service are the ones who issue weather warnings. Now they will do it with more accuracy, thanks to a new doppler radar system in Pendleton.

Parts of Eastern Washington and Oregon are clearly a huge agricultural community, so any tool that can help farmers manage their crops is appreciated. That is why the new technology is such a big deal.

The Pacific Coast is one of the first areas in the country to get the new doppler radar dual polarization. The radar the National Weather Service was using up until now was from the 80's.

The Pendleton National Weather Service office installed theirs earlier this month.

Michael Vescio, the meteorologist in charge says this will be very useful for the winter. "Not only where the precipitation is but what type of precipitation is falling and the shape of that precipitation. So now we can see whether or not the precipitation falling is hail or snow or sleet," explained Vescio.

Meteorologists are expecting a better look at incoming pacific storms, as well as the ability to better predict winds and rains. The new technology will eventually be installed in all 122 National Weather Service Centers across the country.