Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Good Rain

A weak baroclinic trough is moving through this morning, but it has produced a nice period of steady rain over northern Utah.  Note how the radar coverage filled in nicely as the system approached Salt Lake City, giving us a good soaker.

With fairly continuous radar coverage, one can see some of the areas where the radar is partially blocked by the topography, leading to lower radar reflectivities (see red lines) farther from the radar.

Unfortunately, this is one of the challenges when operating a radar in complex terrain.

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