Wednesday, November 30, 2011

StormView Radar to be unavailable December 1-15 due to radar upgrade

Beginning Thursday morning, December 1,'s StormView Radar will be unavailable for two weeks.  It is expected to return to service on December 15.  Alternate radar links will be provided on the StormView Radar webpages, as well as on our mobile site (  On the MWN Android and iPhone apps, radar data will NOT be available during the outage due to programming constraints.

The reason for the outage is a significant upgrade to the National Weather Service (NWS) Doppler radar in Millington, TN.  The Millington radar (KNQA) provides the raw data to power StormView Radar. The upgrade, known as "dual polarization" (or dual-pol), was described in a previous blog post and represents the largest advancement in technology applied to the nationwide Doppler radar network since it's initial installment in the 1990s.  There are many benefits that meteorologists with access to the radar data (especially those who provide warning services to the public from the NWS) will reap.  Those are also described in the previous post linked above.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this will likely cause, though we ask you to understand that this is completely beyond our control and is a necessary and highly beneficial upgrade to the weather community.

To learn more about dual polarization, or to take online training designed for non-meteorologists on the changes, visit this MWN blog post or the NWS-Memphis dual-pol overview page.

For weather information for Memphis and the Mid-South, where and when you need it, visit on the web, on your mobile phone, download our iPhone or Android apps, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

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