Doppler radar


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It was spotted streaking across the sky during the day and, according to the museum, NASA spotted possible meteorite fragments and locations through its Doppler radar. Leada Gore |, al, 18 Apr. 2023 After two years of trying, Dave Dimon had finally talked the station into getting Doppler radar. Tony Earley, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Before the existence of Doppler radar, weather satellites, or for that matter, meteorologists, America was an agrarian society, and almost everyone grew their own food and needed advice on maintaining their crops. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2020 The percentage of tornadoes that trigger a warning has increased over recent decades, due to Doppler radar, improved modeling and better understanding of the storm environment. CBS News, 3 Apr. 2023 However, in full disclosure, there is some expert speculation in social media and compelling Doppler radar imagery that suggests supercell characteristics may have been present with the one of the tornadoes. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 The Doppler radar that serves north Alabama is going to be out of commission for a while. Leigh Morgan, al, 23 Aug. 2022 The warning went into effect at 11:54 a.m., when a Doppler radar detected thunderstorms across southeastern Cook County and central Will County. Dia Gill, Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 Also, Doppler radar may have detected wind circulations that often lead to tornadoes and prompted a tornado warning, even if no tornado materialized. Joe Taschler, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 See More

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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 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

Doppler radar

: a radar system using the Doppler effect for measuring speed
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