How Radar Works

Posted by on Thursday, August 25, 2016

A radar site consists of both a transmitter and a receiver.

The transmitter emits pulses of microwaves outward in a circular pattern. Precipitation scatters these microwaves, sending some energy back to the transmitter, where it is detected by the radar's receiver.

Radar was secretly developed by several nations in the period before and during World War II. The term RADAR was coined in 1940 by the United States Navy as an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging.



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