The first installation will begin March 11 at the eastern Nebraska office in Valley. The radar upgrade for the Hastings office is scheduled to begin on March 25, and work in North Platte is expected to begin on April 8. The forecast area for the North Platte office includes Garden, Sheridan, and Deuel counties.
The upgrades are part of the weather service goal to build a “Weather-Ready Nation” and better protect people from dangerous storms. Similar upgrades were made late last year to the radar for the NWS Cheyenne office, whose coverage area includes the other 8 Panhandle counties.
NWS meteorologist Teresa Keck in North Platte says the new dual-polarization technology helps meteorologists determine precipitation types and gauge rainfall totals, and makes it easier to see tornadoes at night.