Video Tip: weather radar 101

Editor’s note: This is the second post in a regular series. Every few weeks, our Air Facts Video Tip shares brief segments to help you improve your aviation knowledge and keep your skills sharp. The focus is on weather, instrument flying and real world tips. 

We see radar all the time, but how does it really work and what does it show? In this video tip, meteorologist Scott Dimmich dives into the details of NEXRAD, including: the difference between base and composite reflectivity, how to use echo tops, and what signs indicate severe weather. It will give you more confidence next time you look at those green and yellow colors. This video is from Sporty’s Takeoff app, a daily proficiency app for iPad and iPhone. Download it free.

 

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