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Weather Radar

Because weather can influence our lives so greatly, it has become necessary to make attempts to accurately predict it. During the last century weather prediction grew from little more than an art into a well-recognized discipline within the now-robust science of meteorology. The quality of weather prediction has improved dramatically over the last 30 years. Numerical models, satellite imagery, doppler radar and other state-of-the-art technologies have revolutionized the field of meteorology.

Weather radar is one of the key tools in use for weather forecasting and climatology studies today. Doppler radar (a.k.a. NEXRAD or WSR-88D) has become the de facto standard for weather radar in the U.S. Thanks to modern computer imaging, radar weather information can be displayed in an unlimited array of formats, but radar maps, sometimes superimposed with other information such as satellite cloud images or weather watches and warnings, provide the easiest method of visualization.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 25 February 2009.

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