Introduction

Since its discovery in the early 20th century and its refinement during the Second World War, doppler radar has come to provide meteorologists with a valuable tool to observe and predict short term weather patterns. Doppler radar provides detailed data describing storm intensity, storm movement, wind fields within storms, hail and tornado detection and rainfall estimates. In recent years, it has entered the public consciousness due to its increased usage in television weather reports.

Project Goals and Rationale

Being new to both the area of scientific visualization and to the nature of the data to be visualized, I undertook this project as a teaching exercise first, and an opportunity to contribute to the field second. I therefore set myself the following goals -
Primary goals:
- Study characteristics of Doppler radar.
- Explore basic visualizations of data type.
Secondary Goals:
- Refine visualization process to optimize computer processing time and memory usage.
- Explore unique and new ways to visualize and analyze Doppler radar data.