Know Your Weather Radar

Ice build up on an aircraft’s radome can block the effective transmission and reception of the aircraft’s radar signals, thus giving in-cockpit display pictures void of any radar signal returns.
Credit: NOAA “Airborne Weather Radar Limitations.”
John Werth of the Seattle ARTCC Weather Service Unit alerts pilots that there is no perfect ground or airborne method for detecting hazardous weather. Cockpit weather radar systems are not inherently better than NEXRAD or any other ATC weather detection systems. They are just different, each with...

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