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Features June 2012 Issue

The Hail detector

One problem with trying to expand your weather savvy is understanding what additional information is useful and what isn’t. Here’s our take on a current hot item: VIL.

Unless you are a weather geek, you probably have never heard of vertically integrated liquid (VIL). VIL is one of dozens of products generated by the same NWS radars that give us composite- and base-reflectivity images we’ve all come to know and love. Taking a peek at VIL won’t revolutionize your use of NEXRAD, but it could warn you which cells are most likely to kick your butt.

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