Weather Radars

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They monitor weather and climate trends as well as current conditions. There are a series of NOAA weather radars that help them do their job.
NOAA weather radars use NEXRAD or Next Generation Radar to gather data that will help us understand current and future weather conditions. There are four kinds of images that come about because of this technology. These are base reflectivity, composite reflectivity, one-hour precipitation and storm total precipitation.
Base reflectivity measures the strength of the signal that is reflected back to the antennae. From this, you can spot any precipitation, comprehend and quantify a storm’s makeup, establish whether a hailstorm is possible and better understand the atmosphere. Composite reflectivity is frequently compared with base reflectivity. This helps us understand that a specified storm’s general makeup and its strength. One-hour precipitation reports help determine rainfall amount and assess any flash food warnings. Storm-total precipitation is an image that represents how much rainfall or precipitation is determined for a storm.
The National Weather Service has a very comprehensive website that can allow you to learn more about the NOAA weather radars. The radar pictures on their website are updated every half an hour. The different colours that are visible on the picture represent rainfall rates. Since there’s such various colors, you will have to discover a graph either online or in a textbook that can help you.
The role of the NOAA National Weather Service is to help predict the weather and warn us of any threat such as hurricanes or flash floods. Through the use of the various NOAA weather radars, we have the ability to stay informed about current and future weather conditions.