Poster Session P8R.6 An Integrated Display and Analysis Methodology for Multi-Variable Radar Data

Thursday, 27 October 2005
Alvarado F and Atria (Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town)
Brenda A. Dolan, Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, CO; and S. A. Rutledge

Handout (1.5 MB)

Polarimetric-Doppler radars provide valuable information about the kinematics and microphysics of storms. However, in-depth analysis using radar products, such as Doppler-derived wind vectors and hydrometeor identification, has not been readily possible in (near) real-time due mainly to the large volumes of data generated by these radars. This study focuses on developing and integrating radar algorithms currently used in post-processing for analysis and display in near real-time.

This methodology was developed for a specific network of four Doppler radars: two WSR-88D radars (Denver-KFTG and Cheyenne-KCYS) and two CSU research radars (PAWNEE and CSU-CHILL). In the software, radial velocities are synthesized to obtain three-dimensional wind vectors, algorithms for automatic quality control, hydrometeor identification and rainfall rate estimation using the polarimetric data from CSU-CHILL are incorporated, and instantaneous rain rates using Z-R relationships are calculated.

The software has been successfully tested at the CSU-CHILL radar facility. The display software allows users the ability to zoom in and out of radar features, change the grid resolution and origin, create vertical cross sections, contour data, and archive data in real-time. Despite the lag time, the tool proved invaluable for diagnosing areas of intense rainfall, hail, strong updrafts, and other features such as mesocyclones and convergence lines.

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