12 - Radar Imagery
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AbstractThis chapter provides an introduction to weather radar and how it works, including historical context and how technology has changed over time. Radar reflectivity, Doppler radial velocity, and dual-polarization products are discussed. The differences between and utilities of base versus composite reflectivity, and base versus storm-relative velocity are explained. Finally, brief examples are presented of how dual-polarization radar products can be used in conjunction with traditional reflectivity and/or velocity products to more quickly and with a larger degree of certainty identify tornadic and frozen precipitation situations.

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