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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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