When the weather is active, we and the National Weather Service rely heavily on reports from trained weather observers. Now you can be! We try to shout these people out when we use their TV reports, so you may have heard us talk about trained storm spotters before. Because we know the training they have undergone, we can trust the reports they send more.
Keep in mind that radar is not a camera; it sends out pulses of energy that hit something (like a raindrop or a snowflake) and bounce back to the radar. Then the radar and computers try to show what kind of precipitation is actually falling based on how the energy was reflected. It’s very good, but it’s not a perfect system. Observer reports give us the “ground truth” to verify what the radar shows.
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