Most of the High Plains Conference this afternoon was devoted to the new dual-polarization (DP) radars. In theory, the DP's should produce much more accurate estimates of the amount of rain falling. So far, in very limited testing, they have not. We have some ideas as to why that is the case and we think it can be fixed.
When doing scientific research and technology development it is common to run into unexpected obstacles. That is why it is research. This one has caught me by surprise and I'll blog from time to time as we learn more.