Accession Number : ADA300096

Title :   A Comparison of Radar-Derived Precipitation and Rain Gage Precipitation in Northeastern Colorado.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Clement, Peter C.

PDF Url : ADA300096

Report Date : 10 SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 102

Abstract : Accurate precipitation measurement is desired over large areal extents in fine temporal and spatial resolution for a myriad of scientific disciplines and practical applications. Hydrological sciences and federal and local government agencies would benefit from improved precipitation measurements. The question is can radars satisfy this desire for better precipitation measurements. The WSR-88D radar network will provide nearly complete radar coverage of the contiguous United States and has the ability to operationally measure large areal extents in fine temporal and spatial resolutions. Precipitation products derived from the WSR-88D networks are becoming readily more accessible and steadily gaining in popularity and use, often without any reference to accuracy. This study is a comparison of precipitation from the CSU-CHILL multiparameter research radar, National Weather Service's WSR-88D located outside Denver, CO (KFTG), and networks of tipping bucket gages. Comparisons are made to reveal spatial coverage of precipitation, time distribution of precipitation, and quantify amounts of precipitation derived from the two radars and gage networks from three convective precipitation events in northeastern Colorado. (MM)

Descriptors :   *METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, *ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATION, *RAIN GAGES, DATA PROCESSING, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, WEATHER, COMPARISON, ACCURACY, THESES, BACKSCATTERING, RAINFALL, RADAR ANTENNAS, AREA COVERAGE, REMOTE DETECTION, GROUND CLUTTER, COLORADO, CONVECTION(ATMOSPHERIC).

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE