Jackson, Miss.-- There's a new, more advanced radar coming to Mississippi in lat 2012 designed to keep you safer.
Eric Carpenter, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Jackson, Miss. says, "Memphis already has this radar that covers the north half of the state."
But for the bottom half of Mississippi in places like Columbus Air Force Base and the National Weather Service in Jackson the technology is set to be installed in December or January according to officials.
This polarization radar has two radar beams, one vertical and one horizontal. This gives meteorologist a more 3-D look into storms.
Carpenter added, "We can decipher better partical size, precipitation amounts, and we can see hail stones better."
And this radar won't only help in the spring and summer months. The 3-D will allow forecasters to see freeze-line associated with winter storms to better predict snow or sleet for communities.
Dual polarizations radars have started to be installed around the country already with the East and West coasts receiving the first of their kind.