Accession Number:

AD0416306

Title:

A PLAN FOR THE INTEGRATION OF RADAR AND ROUTINE DATA IN THE OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS OF CLOUD, PRE CIPITATION, AND CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY,

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TRAVELERS RESEARCH CENTER INC HARTFORD CONN

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Report Date:

1961-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

The manner in which radar data can be combined with routine surface observations was studied in order to arrive at objective analyses of cloud, precipitation and convective activity which are superior in accuracy to those obtainable from surface observations alone. The problem was examined with three different types of radar in put in mind 1 PPI scope and RHI scope records, 2 CAPPI data and the facsimile Radar Summary transmitted at 3-hourly inter vals fansas City. Only the third type of information is routinely available. However, it is useful to consider more ideal types of data which may be available on special occasions or which may become routinely available in the not too distant future. The great advantage of radar is in its ability of define small-scale phenomena which may escape detection in the regular ob serving network. Procedures are first suggested for incorporating radar data into the analysis of convective systems, and possible uses in cloud analysis where it is obvious from the outset that the radar has limited application are considered later. For the purpose of illustration, the thunderstorm is regarded as a unit of convective activity. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE