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Instrument: VERTICAL POINTING RADAR
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FIXED OBSERVATION STATIONS
GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

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Description
The purpose of a Vertical Pointing Radar is to study precipitation echoes at high resolution. As a result, very detailed radar images can be obtained of the weather as it passes overhead. Technically, the VPR is essentially a boat radar transmitter-receiver to which is attached a parabolic antenna and a locally developed data collection system. At this point, the radar can detect all precipitation targets, some ice clouds, and the turbulence associated with developing cumulus clouds.

[Summary provided by McGill University, http://www.mcgill.ca/]