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Originally published August 10, 2011 at 5:42 AM | Page modified August 10, 2011 at 6:04 AM

New radar station looking off Washington coast

Some of the first images have come in from a new Doppler radar station on the Washington coast.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Some of the first images have come in from a new Doppler radar station on the Washington coast.

The National Weather Service says the radar is being calibrated and tested. The station should be ready by winter to give forecasters a better look at incoming storms and possible wind and flooding risks.

One of the people who pushed for the radar station, University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass, says on his website that the first radar images already show more of the Pacific.

Sen. Maria Cantwell says the radar will be one of the first in the nation using "dual polarization" technology for civilian weather forecasting.

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