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Radar Advancement

Introduction  |  WSR-3 Radar  |  WSR-57 Radar  |  WSR-88D  |  How Does Doppler Radar Work?  |  Accessing Radar Data


Radar tower of a modern WSR-88D Doppler radar.

Increased scientific understanding of tornadoes and technological advances have allowed the National Weather Service to dramatically improve tornado warning capabilities over the last 50 years. Arguably, no technological advance has had a more dramatic effect on issuing tornado warnings, than has radar. Here we explore the evolution of weather radar in Southeast Michigan from the earliest WSR-3 to today's WSR-88D Doppler radar.

Radar tower of a modern WSR-88D Doppler radar.
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