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Associated Press, Published May 16 2012

UND to help forecasts during weather radar upgrade

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota says its highly specialized radar unit will be assisting Grand Forks area media with weather forecasts for the next week while the National Weather Service upgrades its system near Mayville.

UND's WSR-74C polarimetric Doppler radar, which produces images of what goes on in rain clouds, helps scientists figure out how storms develop and track.

UND radar research meteorologist Chris Theisen says the radar produces more information on the moisture in clouds, so scientists can better predict what's happening.

Theisen says media have asked for the university's help while the Weather Service's Grand Forks area radar system is down for the upgrade.

The upgrade is expected to take about a week.

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