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SOAR OWNS A 5 CENTIMETER wavelength ENTERPRISE WEATHER RADAR SYSTEM wsr 100/2/77 located in Yoakum county airport in plains, tx.  SOAR ALSO INGESTS A NEXRAD RADAR FEED FROM LUBBOCK AND MIDLAND. THE RADAR DATA IS INGESTED BY A LINUX BASED PROGRAM CALLED THUNDERSTORM IDENTIFICATION TRACKING ANALYSIS AND NOWCASTING (TITAN) WHICH DISPLAYS THE CLOUDS AND AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TRACKS.
 

SOAR NEXRAD 10 centimeter latest radar image is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The SOAR NEXRAD is unavailable only when the National Weather Service Midland and/or Lubbock radars are down for maintenance. The SOAR NEXRAD is part of the CRAFT network. To check weather if the Midland or Lubbock radars are down go to the http://weather.noaa.gov/monitor/radar2/ web page.

Latest radar image

SOAR NEXRAD 10cm RADAR

 

Thunderstorm Identification Tracking Analysis and Nowcasting (TITAN) permits the meteorologist to examine the three-dimensional structure of cloud echoes in real time.  Individual echoes can be tracked  and their motion projected through time.  Calculated parameters available in real time include the radar-estimated rainfall, echo heights, echo time-height profile, history of echo volume, area, precipitation flux, mass and vertically integrated liquid (vil).  When these parameters are combined with aircraft tracking, TITAN becomes a valuable tool for cloud seeding operations and evaluations.

 

The figures below show examples of the TITAN display.

 

Plan Position Indicator (PPI)

Time series for a cloud

Time-height series

Reflectivity distribution in volume or area

Cross-section

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   updated by Duncan Axisa - Meteorologist