Wednesday, May 6, 2009

3-D Doppler: peering inside a severe storm

At WeatherNation we're taking advantage of a technological breakthrough: 3-D Doppler. It's more than just eye-candy. Now we can peer inside a severe, spinning "supercell" thunderstorm, highlighting regions producing large hail, even the rotation that usually precedes a developing tornado. In this image (taken from a severe storm near St. Cloud late this afternoon) the dark red area highlights parts of the thunderhead producing intense rain and hail > 1" in diameter. You can see this new weather technology in action at our client's sites:

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