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What tools do meteorologists use to forecast the weather?

What tools do meteorologists use to forecast the weather?
Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 08:17:01-04

This week's weather question:
"Hi my name is Liam and I'm in 3rd grade at Saint Michael's Lutheran School. My question for you is-- what is your favorite tool to help predict the weather?"

Meteorologists use various tools to help forecast the weather. This includes satellites that orbit the globe and feed us information from space. Below is a video loop from the GOES-East satellite.

Another tool that is used on a daily basis called Doppler Radar. The radar sends an outgoing pulse called a radio wave, and then the energy hits a system such as scattered storms and sends the information back to the radar tower. You have probably seen the Fox 4 team use radar every day to track rain across Southwest Florida. You can see a view of our current radar by clicking here.

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