Doppler radar


: a radar system that utilizes the Doppler effect for measuring velocity

Examples of Doppler radar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a giant Doppler radar ball on Highway 7 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Randy Mason, Kansas City Star, 3 May 2024 Sickness, like bad weather before Doppler radar, was unpredictable, unavoidable, and something to be endured. Dr. Sharon Malone, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 In fact, all modern weather radars are Doppler radars, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 The weather service said Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to a thunderstorm that occurred over a warned area. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 17 Aug. 2023 More modern methods for tracing birds include Doppler radar, satellite, and GPS tracking, and DNA analysis of feathers. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2023 His excitement grew when Doppler radar detected meteorites descending from the sky. Gillian Graham, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2023 There are so many that the Doppler radar in Sterling, Virginia, could actually be picking them up. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 9 June 2021 Meteorologists currently pick up on tornadoes by using Doppler radar, which measures the rain, hail and winds within a storm. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, WSJ, 25 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Doppler radar was in 1954

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“Doppler radar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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Doppler radar

: a radar system using the Doppler effect for measuring speed
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