Operational Benefits of Meteorological Doppler Radar.
Air Force surveys in geophysics,
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS HANSCOM AFB MASS
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A comparison is made between Doppler and conventional radar as a tool in operational forecasting of hazardous weather. Estimates are given of the cost increment of Doppler capability above the basic radar cost. The advantages and limitations of dual-Doppler and multi-Doppler networks are also considered. The evidence leads to the firm conclusion that, for operations in areas subject to the threat of tornadoes, hurricanes, and other damaging windstorms, the cost increment of single-Doppler radar capability is more than justified by its advantages over conventional radar. On the other hand, dual-Doppler capability is not recommended for operational use, although it is an excellent research tool.
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