Research at the University of Missouri could change the way rainfall is forecast and could have a big impact on farmers. Dr. Neil Fox is working on a new system to more accurately measure and predict the amount of rain that actually reaches the ground. That could be tremendously helpful in an agricultural state like Missouri.
The new system utilizes horizontal and vertical dual-polarization radar to determine how many raindrops evaporate on the way to the ground. Fox says it could also be helpful in predicting flooding. A study on their process was recently printed in the Journal of Hydrology. The work is taking place in the School of Natural Resources at UM, where Fox is the Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science.