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A Field Experiment on the Calibration of Radars with Raindrop Disdrometers

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  • 1 Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie 82071
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Abstract

Radar reflectivity factors determined from disdrometer measurements of drop spectra are compared with simultaneous WSR-57 radar measurements in two Oklahoma thunderstorms. The possibility of using a disdrometer for an in-field calibration check of a radar is examined and found to have limited usefulness for convective precipitation sampled at long ranges.

Abstract

Radar reflectivity factors determined from disdrometer measurements of drop spectra are compared with simultaneous WSR-57 radar measurements in two Oklahoma thunderstorms. The possibility of using a disdrometer for an in-field calibration check of a radar is examined and found to have limited usefulness for convective precipitation sampled at long ranges.

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