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NOAA and OU Researchers Deploy Radar to Intercept Irene (Aug 26, 2011)

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma researchers are in North Carolina to deploy two mobile radars to intercept Hurricane Irene.

The OU scientists are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to collect data as the storm prepares to make landfall along the eastern seaboard.

The new, dual polarized Rapid Scan X-band radar will encounter its first hurricane this weekend. NOAA spokeswoman Keli Tarp says the dual polarization technology provides more accurate estimates of precipitation type and amount.

The scientists traveling to North Carolina will use the information they collect to try to improve rainfall estimations in extreme weather events, which they say will improve the accuracy of flash flood forecasts and warnings.

Data from one of the mobile radars (SMART-R 2) will be online for public real-time viewing while information is collected.

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