Doppler Radars are Kewl !

Ever since the inception/creation of the modern Doppler Weather Radar (WSR-88D), it has changed the way a meteorologist looks at and analyzes radar information... whether it's from a snow storm, severe thunderstorm or other phenomena such as bugs- wait, did I just type "bugs"?   Yup, I sure did...

Check out this radar imagery from the National Weather Service Radar in Green Bay from Friday morning, May 8th.  It shows a hatch of Lake Flies rolling off of Lake Winnebago.



Here's the radar loop:

Courtesy:  National Weather Service Green Bay.


Cool stuff, right?   Well, check out this Doppler Radar Loop from Key West Florida:  This shows birds migrating from this past spring.


In addition, the Doppler Radars are capable of detecting man-made things, such as snow being made from the Green Bay paper mills.  See below:


Doppler Radar is about to get a much needed upgrade, starting next year to something called Dual Polarization Radar.  Because of how this new radar will work, a meteorologist will be able to better see inside a storm and what it is doing.  Right now, the radar displays (at different levels), the vertical extent of the storm.  With Dual Polarization, not only will we be able to see the storm Vertically, but Horizontally as well.  While that sounds like a bunch of nerdy weather talk, trust me, it is a big deal.  As it stands right now, the National Weather Service Offices around here will start converting their radars to Dual Polarization next year (2010).  Woo hoo!




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