Aircraft have been guided with the aid of radar data to measure turbulence in thunderstorm areas. Although turbulence is frequently encountered in areas containing highly reflective and sharp-edged echoes, no unique correspondence has been discovered between single-echo parameters and collocated within-storm turbulence. A theory embracing some of the time-dependent relationships between fields of wind and precipitation suggests that the correspondence between instantaneous distributions of radar echoes and turbulence is statistical rather than precise. Statistical bases for study of radar echo-turbulence relationships are outlined.

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1 This paper was presented at the 228th National Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, 21–24 April 1964.