Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doppler Radar Rain Estimates

There are a couple different ways to get rain totals...the most accurate method is from trained spotters sending in totals form their own personal rain gauges.  Unfortunately everyone doesn't have a reliable measuring device so we also turn to estimates from doppler radar.  While sometimes flawed depending on precip type, temperature etc this is often a useful way to estimate who has picked up heavy rain and it comes in handy when issuing products like Flash Flood Warnings! 

Here's an estimate from 3pm today showing the heaviest rains have been just west of the Quad Cities. 

And now the Flash Flood Warnings and Svr T-Storm Warnings currently in effect...

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