A unique opportunity to watch a hurricane with one of the very first radars in the country to have the Dual-Pol upgrade installed! The KMHX Morehead City, NC radar was very recently installed with this upgrade, and couldn’t have come at a better time either. Dual-Pol has several practical uses in meteorology, like determining rain, from hail, from debris, from insects and other wildlife. It can also provide much better precipitation estimates and even assist with winter weather forecasts. I am very interested to see what unique phenomenon can be observed with the dual-pol upgrade in Hurricane Irene.
Top left is base (0.5 degree) reflectivity, top right is base velocity, bottom left is ZDR (part of the dual-pol upgrade), bottom right is echo tops. Image captured at 07:04 Z, or 3:04 am EDT 8/27/11.