Since radar was invented in the 1930’s and ’40’s, it has become an important tool in observing the weather. Many of us now depend upon the animated radar images provided on our smart phones and the internet, television weather reports, and through other means to give us a visual image of what the weather is doing now and what we can expect in the near future. Radar for Meteorologists explains how weather radars operate, what they show, and how to interpret their displays.
Radar for Meteorologists, Fifth Edition, has been revised to cover the latest advances in radar meteorology. New radars are coming which may revolutionize the data available to meteorologists and other weather radar data users. Polarization is now a mature technology which makes it possible to differentiate the kinds of targets detected by radar. The text covers the theoretical bases for using weather radar in an understandable and easy to read way. It also discusses practical ways in which radar data are used and how to interpret images that are now available around the world.