Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Radar at work. Figure 1. Rain, hail and debris can be detected by Doppler radar, providing forecasters and insurers with valuable weather insights. (Photo: Forensic Weather Consultants)

Most people are familiar with Doppler radar from television newscasts because it shows where it is raining. However, Doppler radar, also known as Weather Surveillance Radar — 1988 (WSR-88D), is much more valuable to experienced meteorologists because it can confirm whether a tornado is on the ground, whether hail is present in a thunderstorm, where smoke and chemical plumes from large fires are spreading, and other potentially dangerous weather events.

On average, these images are processed every one to six minutes. Doppler radar works by initially sending a pulse of energy into the atmosphere where it intercepts precipitation or objects in the atmosphere. Some of that energy is scattered back to the radar unit, where an intensity value and corresponding color are then generated based on how large of a particle was identified. This comprises the different colors seen on radar images.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free
PropertyCasualty360 Digital Reader.


  • All PropertyCasualty360.com news coverage, best practices, and in-depth analysis.
  • Educational webcasts, resources from industry leaders, and informative newsletters.
  • Other award-winning websites including BenefitsPRO.com and ThinkAdvisor.com.

Already have an account?



Join PropertyCasualty360

Don’t miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed decisions for your P&C insurance business. Join PropertyCasualty360.com now!

  • Unlimited access to PropertyCasualty360.com - your roadmap to thriving in a disrupted environment
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including BenefitsPRO.com, ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
  • Exclusive discounts on PropertyCasualty360, National Underwriter, Claims and ALM events

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join PropertyCasualty360

Copyright © 2022 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.