Climate and Weather

Weather Prediction

What is Doppler radar?

Doppler radar measures frequency differences between signals bouncing off objects moving away from or toward it. By measuring the difference between the transmitted and received frequencies, Doppler radar calculates the speed of the air in which the rain, snow, ice crystals, and even insects are moving. It can then be used to predict speed and direction of wind and amount of precipitation associated with a storm. The National Weather Service has installed a series of NEXRAD (Next Generation Radar) Doppler Radar systems throughout the country. They are especially helpful in measuring the speed of tornadoes and other violent thunderstorms.


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