Evolution of Tornado Technology
Name: Brittany G.
How has tornado finding technology developed over the years?
Tornado detection capability has drastically improved with the operational use of the
high-powered Doppler-88D radar. This radar enables meteorologists to measure wind
velocities inside storms, which is the key to detecting tornadoes. The development of
the weather satellite observing network has also aided in strong thunderstorm detection
and movement, especially in areas not covered by Doppler radar.
Here is a link that contains a good explanation of how the Doppler radar detects
tornadoes... There are some good graphics with this article also...
Wendell Bechtold, meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO
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Update: June 2012