Real-Time Computer Techniques in the Detection and Analysis of Severe Storms from Digital Radar Data.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF METEOROLOGY
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An improved computer method was developed by which multi-tilt digital radar data can be interpolated in three dimensions and reduced to a two-dimensional display of partially vertically-summed reflectivity Z maps PVSZ in near real time. The computer method was developed by using digital radar data collected with the 10-cm radar at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. Various combinations of interpolation schemes were used to develop the new computer method, and the resultant products were compared to determine whether or not significant features of a severe storm evident in constant altitude reflectivity Z maps CAZM are retained by the new reduction technique. In addition, the number of PVSZ layers were varied to determine the minimum needed for adequate depiction of the tilt of the storm core. Finally, severe storm data from New England were processed by using the new data-reduction technique to find out whether or not any of the severe-storm signatures observed in analyses of Oklahoma storms were evident in the New England digital radar data.
- Computer Hardware
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment