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Chuntao Liu and Edward J. Zipser Why does radar reflectivity tend to increase downward toward the ocean surface, but decrease downward toward the land surface? Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 118

Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1029/2012JD018134

Key Points

  • Reflectivity decreases/increases toward surface over land/ocean
  • dBZ decreases when high reflectivity above freezing level
  • Strength of updraft is important in dBZ slope

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