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Doppler Radar, Radar meteorology, Deep convective cloud


The US Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) site includes a heterogeneous distributed scanning Doppler radar network suitable for collecting coordinated Doppler velocity measurements in deep convective clouds. The surrounding National Weather Service (NWS) Next Generation Weather Surveillance Radar 1988 Doppler (NEXRAD WSR-88D) further supplements this network. The multi-Doppler radar reflectivity and velocity measurements are assimilated in a three-dimensional variational (3DVAR) algorithm to retrieve horizontal and vertical air motions in deep convective clouds. The data includes the 3D wind fields retrieved over a large analysis domain (100 km x 100 km) at storm-scale resolutions (500 m in horizontal and 250 m in vertical) for deep convective clouds observed on May 11, 2011.


Please see North, K. W., Oue, M., Kollias, P., Giangrande, S. E., Collis, S. M., and Potvin, C. K.: Vertical air motion retrievals in deep convective clouds using the ARM scanning radar network in Oklahoma during MC3E, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2785–2806,, 2017, for more details.