1 7. Radar Meteorology References Battan (1973) Atlas (1989) Radar theoryAtlas (1989)Early history of radar in meteorology.Doviak and Zrnic (1984)Recent developments and doppler techniques.
2 7.1 Introduction* Clouds appear mainly on the convective and mesoscale,most difficult to obtain atmospheric data* Clouds and mesoscale phenomena are too small to beresolved by conventional surface and upper-air networks,and too large to be observed locally* Radar is most effective instrument for obtainingobservations in cloud systems.* Radar can observe the precipitation with mesoscalecoverage (~200km) and convective-scale resolution (~1km)* Radar can also receive signals from cloud particles* Has been installed on land, ships, aircraft and spacecraft
3 Three main components 7.2 General principles of radar Transmitter Generates a short pulse of electromagnetic energy.AntennaFocuses energy into a narrow beamGenerally 1 degree beamwidth.ReceiverDetect the back-scattered signal from target if large enough.
6 Primary FunctionDetect the range and direction of back-scattered signal.Range: timing circuitPRF - Pulse repetition frequency.Velocity of propagation: c = speed of light.Depends on density and water content of air.Always within 0.03% of c.Direction: Antenna azimuth and elevation at the instant the signal is received.
7 Typical Parameters Peak Power, Pt: Radio frequency, : Wavelength, : 10 to 1000 kW.Radio frequency, :3 to 30 GHz.Wavelength, :1 to 10 cm.PRF, fr :200 to 2000 HzPulse duration, :0.1 to 5 s.Antenna area,Antenna gain,Beamwidth,
8 7.3 Radar equation 1. General Radar 2. Weather Radar Distributed TargetsMany scattering elements simultaneously illuminated by a transmitted pulse.Raindrops, snowflakes, and cloud droplets.Resolution volume: Volume containing those particles that are simultaneously illuminated.Function of beamwidth and pulse length.Targets move relative to each other.Power returned fluctuates in time.The instantaneous power depends on the arrangement of scatters and their motion.Not simply related to the backscatter cross-section.
9 Rayleigh Scattering Law Applies to particles that are small compared to the wavelength () of the radar.Raindrops and snowflakes are good Rayleigh scatters to good approximation at ’s of cm.Common ’s for weather radars.K is a function of temperature (T), wavelength (), and sphere composition|K|2 0.93 for water.|K|2 0.21 for ice.Ice sphere has a radar cross section about 2/9 or 6.5 dB less than a water sphere.
10 ReflectivityThe main power received is determined by radar parameters, range, and two factors that depend upon the scatterers.|K|2 and D6.ReflectivityNumber of dropsSize (diameter) of drops.This is really what we are interested in from the radar equation.For raindrops: N(D) is the drop-size distribution.For snowflakes: N(D) is the distribution of melted diameters.If this convention is not included, a density adjustment would need to appear in |K|2.
11 Average gain < axial gain. Gain adjustmentBeamwidth: angular separation between points where the transmitted intensity has fallen off to half its maximum value, or 3 dB below the maximum.Typically 1 degree.Assume a Gaussian beam pattern.Assumption: the antenna gain is uniform within its 3 dB limits.Average gain < axial gain.
12 7.4 Z-R relations for rain and snow Relating reflectivity to precipitation: to estimatethe precipitation rate;the precipitation content of the air; andthe fall speed of the precipitation at the surface.
13 Bright band Snow and frozen precipitation will usually have a smaller value of reflectivity (dBZ) because it is made of ice.When frozen precipitation falls to a level where thetemperature is above freezing it begins to melt.The water surface on the outside will cause an increase indBZ, which produces a bright band on the radar image atthe height near the freezing level.The bright band does not extend to the surface becauseonce the snowflake completely melts it falls faster. The dropconcentration decreases as altitude decreases, resulting inless dBZ.
14 Radar Display Systems: Plan Position Indicator (PPI): maps the received signalson polar coordinates in plan view.Range Height Indicator (RHI): shows the vertical structureof echoes which is generated when the antenna scans inelevation with azimuth fixed.Microprocessors are used to convert the signals toreflectivity Z or rainfall rate.
15 7.5 Doppler Velocity Measurements Klystron transmitters: pulse-modulating afree-running stable oscillator, the frequencyof the transmitted signal is constant,each pulse bears the same phase relation.Because the target is moving, the frequency(amplitude and phase) of reflected waveswill change with time.Two successive pulses will result in afrequency difference.
16 The radial velocity is related to this frequency shift: The backscattered radiation comes from thepopulation of precipitation particles in the radarresolution volumeThe scatters are all moving at somewhatdifferent velocities
17 Homework (6-7) 1. The precipitation water content (L) is given as Meteorology 342Homework (6-7)1. The precipitation water content (L) is given asFor the Marshall-Palmer distribution (10.1), show that2. If a droplet population consists of droplets of a single size and fall speed (D=2 mm, u=5m/s),and the droplet density is 25 drops per cubic meter. Calculate the rainfall rate in mm/hr.3. Use the Marshall-Palmer distribution (10.1), show thatu (=5m/s) is the mean fall velocity of raindrops. Use this formula to find Z (in ) and dBZ fora rainfall rate of 1 inch per hour.4. Problem 11.15. Problem 11.2