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New computers for National Weather Service in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Computers have changed a lot in 23 years -- and the National Weather Service office in La Crosse is finally catching up with the times. Officials say they've replaced a computer system that's been used since 1990.

Raytheon worked with the Weather Service in developing the new system. It's designed to give meteorologists more data, better tools for analyzing it, and offering new products to the agency's biggest users. The new system was tested for a year at eight of the 122 National Weather Service offices. Now it will be rolled out every three months at different locations around the country.

Matt Davis of the La Crosse weather office says most of us won't notice any difference -- because the basic weather radios and consumer Web sites will not be changing.