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Nary a pixel is lit on the radar

By: SteveWolf
10/8/2019 8:08 AM

I have been noticing that westbound precipitation, blowing in from the ocean, is less likely to be noted on radar. We can have a light shower coming in over the sound and it will shine bright on both NOAA and non-governmental radar sites. We can have a relatively heavy shower blowing in off the ocean and often there is nary a pixel lit [on my phone as I stand on the beach a mile and a half from my home getting drenched].


By: Tim-OBX
10/8/2019 8:56 AM

Radar does not go to the ground here, in fact you need to be above 2500 ft to be seen on the Norfolk air traffic radar as I recall. The Doppler radar is a bit more north and might not see anything below 4000 ft. Just guessing at the numbers.

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10/9/2019 11:01 AM

if the earth were flat...... but since it's not, the radar simply does not reach ground level here on Hatteras Island. Newport sees nothing under 1500 ft and Wakefield's field of view is higher yet. You can easily get soaked here with no sign of precip on the radar.


By: OceanBlue
10/9/2019 3:22 PM

Interesting. Is this also why some "wind" apps (ventusky) don't present accurate wind direction?