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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?"

Explanation:
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.