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METEOROLOGY FLIGHT PLANNING
CHAPTER TWO
Tops And Bases
The radar set can determine tops and bases of clouds. These echo tops and bases will be included
on the Radar Summary Chart whenever they are available. Echo tops and bases are indicated by
the format in Figure 2-9.
Indicates average cloud echo
Indicates a cloud echo top is located
contours are 23,000 feet MSL
here with maximum cell top at
and the average bases are
48,000 feet MSL.
2000 feet MSL.
Figure 2-10 Key to Radar Summary Chart
Intensity Levels
The levels of precipitation intensity determined by the Vertical Integrator Processor (VIP) range in
value from 1 to 6 and are shown graphically by a set of up to three lines enclosing concentric
shaded areas, where the middle areas have higher intensities (Figure 2-10).
Figure 2-11 Precipitation Intensity Levels
DATA DISPLAYED ON WEATHER IMAGERY PRODUCTS
2-11


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