Structures of bragg scatter observed with the polarimetric WSR-88d

Valery M. Melnikov, Richard J. Doviak, Dusan S. Zrnić, David J. Stensrud

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Enhancements to signal processing and data collection in the dual-polarization Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) to increase its detection capability yield observations of "fine" structures from Bragg scatterers. Several types of the fine structures observed in and above the boundary layer are discussed. These Bragg scatter structures include the top of the convective boundary layer, nonprecipitating clouds, strong convective plumes above the boundary layer, and a layer of weak reflections associated with decaying boundary layer turbulence. A conclusion that data from polarimetric WSR-88Ds can be used to obtain the depth of the convective boundary layer is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1253-1258
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Atmospheric Science


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