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Snow in the Northern Rockies at Higher Elevations

8 Oct 2008, 6:06 pm

I always enjoy this time of year when snow in the higher elevations of the Rockies begin streaming in and are picked up by our HAMrad II Precipitation Type Radar. As an example I have been watching the Yellowstone / Northern Rockies region over the last few days, and enjoying how we display snowfall at mountain peaks and higher elevations. It is especially exciting to view the animations as rain turns to snow, and back to rain. For example, notice the two images below:

HAMrad II CONUS Precipitation Type Radar
HAMrad II Northern Rockies / yellowstone Region

The first image is our CONUS (Continental United States) ptype (Precipitation Type) radar overlain with frontal depictions and isobars. Note the “box” and the associated tooltip (the words that define the region) that highlight the region we are “zooming into” shown in the second image. One of the many great features of our HAMrad II product is the ability to select a region by choosing from the radar itself, or by the state and regional selections from the menu at the right.

Notice in the second image as we zoom in, snow is shown overlain onto our topographic background map. A wonderful feature if you have a general interest in meteorology in regions of strong topography, and in general as other areas are chosen. Rather than including a loop here, try taking a look at the product live on the fly! Be sure to try dfferent animation time frames and our various overlays!

Recall in one of my previous posts that I mentioned the upcoming snow event for this weekend. Keep an eye on our ptype radar as the event commences, zooming into different sectors, running animations at 1, 2, 6, 12, 24 hour intervals and enjoy the show! We have spent a great deal of time and effort over many years perfecting and improving the product, I hope you find it fun!

As always stay tuned to your favorite weather outlet, stay informed, and stay safe!

cheers,

–patrick

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