Entries for Tag: 'airports'
I don't know how I haven't heard about this until now, but it seems that back in the mid-90's the FAA started using Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) near 45 of the nations busiest airports. Traditionally this radar has not been available to the public, but they are now starting to make it available. You can now access 6 of the 45 with the rest being made available this summer.
It is not perfect though and because of it's higher resolution it can be harder to "see" through heavy rain or hail. So you want to make sure you use it in conjunction with "old" nexrad radar to make sure you don't miss anything. But this radar is twice the resolution of nexrad and can identify "hooks" in the radar echos much more efficiently. Pretty cool stuff.