Echo Interpretation of Severe Storms on Airport Surveillance Radars.
Rept. for 15 Feb 77-31 May 78 on Phase 1,
NATIONAL SEVERE STORMS LAB NORMAN OKLA
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Past research indicates ASR radars have sufficient sensitivity to detect severe storms. This report provides background information about severe storm climatology and morphology and then considers the effects various ASR radar operational fixes have in identifying severe storms, based on current knowledge of storm structure. Results show identification of severe storms with ASR radars is unlikely without accurate reflectivity displays and with the use of MTI and CP. Operationally, it is recommended that outside data sources provide initial severe storm identification, while the ASRs are used to supplement this data by giving storm positions in real time. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment