Doppler Radar vs. Traditional Radar

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“What is Doppler Radar? How is it different from regular Radar?”
Tyler Norman-Steed
North Medford High School

Radar stands for Radio Detection and Ranging and is used to locate precipitation and precipitation intensity. Radar sweeps in circles horizontally as well as up and down. The difference between Radar and Doppler Radar is that not only does Doppler Radar locate precipitation and precipitation intensity, but also detects wind direction and wind speed. This comes in handy to determine how strong winds are, located tornado vortex signatures and determine the speed of the storm.