Radar Meteorology
online remote sensing guide


Graphic by: Steven E. Hall

Radars have an important role in the field of meteorology. These devices send out and receive signals providing valuable information about the location and intensity of precipitation. Advanced Doppler radar technology goes beyond simple detection to providing high resolution reflectivity and estimated velocity data, which is vital to short term forecasting and severe weather prediction. The purpose of this module is to introduce the basics of radar meteorology, features of WSR-88D and MDR radar imagery, and how to interpret Doppler velocity patterns. The Radar Meteorology module has been organized into the following sections:

Sections
Last Update: 07/23/97
Radar Basics
The sending and retrieving of signals, detecting a target and different scanning modes.

Radar Imagery
WSR-88D and MDR radar imagery.

Velocity Patterns
Various wind patterns depicted through Doppler radar estimated winds.

Applications
Applications in tornado and hurricane detection, short term forecasting and other areas.

Acknowledgments
Those who contributed to the development of this module.


Terms for using data resources.
Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.