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Features October 2017 Issue

More Weather Radar

This isolated storm produced an EF5 tornado in Joplin, MO in May 2011. Note all the danger signs.

More Weather Radar

Last month we told you a bit about how radar operates and its limitations. Now let’s dig a little deeper and even discuss how to read all those pretty colors.

In our last issue, we talked about the building blocks of weather radar—how it was developed, the basics of radio waves, problems with radar sampling, and the important differences between composite and base reflectivity. If you haven’t read that, I highly recommend you do so to get a good grounding in radar fundamentals. In this issue we’ll take that knowledge and teach you a bit about interpretation.

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