How to Read Weather Radar: Reflectivity Products

///How to Read Weather Radar: Reflectivity Products

How to Read Weather Radar: Reflectivity Products

When it comes to how to read weather radar and the basics — there aren’t a lot of different ways to approach it. 

In this video, we take a look at Weather Radar and how to best use it as a storm chaser.

Some Tips

  1. Weather Radar is delayed data. This is an important but overlooked part of radar. What you see on a radar screen, no matter the source, is going to be old by a few to several minutes. As we know all too well, storms can change quite rapidly — so weather radar is a tool but should never replace a good set of eyes in dissecting storm structure.
  2. Reflectivity is the basic weather radar product. When it comes to the classic, most known radar product — reflectivity is the one. Most people tend to think red means bad, pink means worse, purple means absolute worst. There’s some truth to that — but make sure you study up on the color table your app uses.
  3.  What does DBz mean on radar?  DBz stands for decibel relative to Z. DBz compares the equivalent reflectivity factor to a radar signal reflected off of a remote object. It’s the classic radar beam goes out and then comes back and this is what it says measurement.

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By |2019-01-27T09:39:02-06:00October 8th, 2018|Storm Chase Forecasting, Titan U|3 Comments


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