WSR-88D Radar Imagery
detecting precipitation

The word radar is an acronym from "Radio Detection and Ranging". Radar images are useful for locating precipitation. As a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan examines the inside of a human body, a radar examines the inside of a cloud. A radar sends a pulse of energy into the atmosphere and if any precipitation is intercepted by the energy, part of the energy is scattered back to the radar. These returned signals, called "radar echoes", are assembled to produce radar images.

The location of the colored radar echoes indicate where precipitation is falling and the various colors indicate the intensity of the precipitation through the color code in the lower left corner of the image.

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Credits and Acknowledgments for WW2010.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.