Weather Radar Fundamentals

Weather Radar Fundamentals
  • Explain the basic principles of weather radar operation
  • Describe the primary uses and limitations of radar data as well as factors that affect data quality and interpretation
  • Interpret wind speed and direction using Doppler radial velocity imagery
  • Interpret precipitation intensity and movement using radar reflectivity imagery
  • Use radar imagery to identify phenomena that commonly occur during otherwise fair weather including dust storms, smoke, horizontal convective rolls, fronts, and other boundaries
  • Use radar imagery to identify common features of precipitating phenomena, such as winter storms, convection, and tropical cyclones
  • Use radar imagery to identify instances of anomalous propagation, velocity and range folding, non-meteorological targets, and other radar artifacts