& Florida Bay Project:
In collaboration with RSD, the Hurricane Research Division
(HRD) at AOML conducts research that attempts to provide fields
of rainfall accumulation over Florida Bay and the Everglades
using National Weather Services WSR-88D in South Florida in
support of the Florida Bay Program.
The freshwater input from precipitation, directly, and through
flows resulting from over-land rain, is a vital parameter in
many analyses; e.g., salinity studies, ecological studies, and
hydrological and ecological modeling of Florida Bay. Because
of the tropical convective nature of the summer rainfall in
South Florida, gage measurements of rainfall only provide representative
rainfall for long averaging periods and often miss significant
convective rainfall events. Thus, radar is a powerful tool for
rain flux measurement, but the algorithms must be tuned for
the tropical rain drop size distributions in South Florida.
As a result, RSD has constructed and operates a disdrometer
site in the Everglades to measure the drop size distribution.
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& Optical Rain Gauge
Rivero at Data Logger
Disdrometer Disdrometer & Optical rain gauge Ulises Rivero
at Data Logger
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