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Reflectivity Cross Section The term 'Reflectivity Cross Section' as it applies to the area of the weather can be defined as ' This WSR-88D radar product displays a vertical cross section of reflectivity on a grid with heights up to 70,000 feet on the vertical axis and distance up to 124 nm on the horizontal axis. Cross Section is similar to the Range Height Indicator (RHI) slices observed on conventional radar, but it is not limited to alignments along the radar radials. Instead the 2 end points are operator selected anywhere within 124 nm of the radar that are less than 124 nm apart. It is used to: 1) Examine storm structure features such as overhang, tilt, Weak Echo Regions (WER), and Bounded Weak Echo Regions (BWER); 2) Estimate height of higher dBZ's and echo tops; and 3) Locate the bright band (where snow is melting and becoming rain)'.
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