RADAR stands for Radio Detection and Ranging.  Radar uses radio waves that reflect off of objects to determine the distance to an object by the strength of the returning signal.  In weather terms, Radar is used to measure distance, speed and direction of precipitation.

Acid Rain

Acid Rain contains high levels of chemical contaminants that are released into the atmosphere. This type of rain is harmful to the environment.


A Tsunami is a large destructive wave that starts because of an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption on the ocean’s floor.


Blizzard conditions exist when a snow storm contains high winds (greater than 35 mph), large amounts of snowfall or blowing snow, and very cold temperatures.