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Z/R Relationship Table

{ "timestamp":"Sat Feb 06 14:29:01 EDT 2016", "zrData":[ { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"BUF", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"300", "zrExp":"1.4", "icon":"Deep Convective ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R icon", "rate":"0.09", "formulaName":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R", "bcfTitle":"333 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.34", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.34", "bcfNumPairs":"333", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"CCX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"130", "zrExp":"2", "icon":"Winter ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"747 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.48", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.48", "bcfNumPairs":"747", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"CLE", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"130", "zrExp":"2", "icon":"Winter ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1269 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.23", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.23", "bcfNumPairs":"1269", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"DTX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"136 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 2.13", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"2.13", "bcfNumPairs":"136", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"FCX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1365 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.64", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.64", "bcfNumPairs":"1365", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"GRR", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"137 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.75", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.75", "bcfNumPairs":"137", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"HPX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1160 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.48", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.48", "bcfNumPairs":"1160", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"HTX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"300", "zrExp":"1.4", "icon":"Deep Convective ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R icon", "rate":"0.09", "formulaName":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1052 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.42", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.42", "bcfNumPairs":"1052", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"ILN", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1923 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.13", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#00CC00", "bcf":"1.13", "bcfNumPairs":"1923", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"ILX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"203 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.87", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.87", "bcfNumPairs":"203", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"IND", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"711 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.08", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#00CC00", "bcf":"1.08", "bcfNumPairs":"711", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"IWX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"360 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.80", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.80", "bcfNumPairs":"360", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"JKL", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"130", "zrExp":"2", "icon":"Winter ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"2744 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.49", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.49", "bcfNumPairs":"2744", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"LOT", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"130", "zrExp":"2", "icon":"Winter ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"281 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.27", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.27", "bcfNumPairs":"281", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"LSX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"108 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.40", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.40", "bcfNumPairs":"108", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"LVX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"130", "zrExp":"2", "icon":"Winter ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Cool Season (East) Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1420 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.49", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.49", "bcfNumPairs":"1420", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"LWX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"254 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.45", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.45", "bcfNumPairs":"254", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"MRX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"2050 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.69", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.69", "bcfNumPairs":"2050", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"OHX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"300", "zrExp":"1.4", "icon":"Deep Convective ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R icon", "rate":"0.09", "formulaName":"Summer Deep Convection Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1475 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.43", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.43", "bcfNumPairs":"1475", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"PAH", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"633 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.06", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#00CC00", "bcf":"1.06", "bcfNumPairs":"633", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"PBZ", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"1728 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.33", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.33", "bcfNumPairs":"1728", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-odd", "id":"RLX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"2625 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.44", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#CC0000", "bcf":"1.44", "bcfNumPairs":"2625", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }, { "bgstyle":"row-even", "id":"VWX", "cellbg":"", "update":"2pm EDT 06-Feb-2016", "zrCoef":"200", "zrExp":"1.6", "icon":"Gen Stratiform ZR.png", "iconAlt":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R icon", "rate":"0.11", "formulaName":"Marshall/Palmer Stratiform Z/R", "bcfTitle":"641 positive gage-radar pairings found over the past 168 hours", "bcfTitle2":" suggest that the radar estimates need to be multiplied by 1.12", "bcfTitle3":" to bring them in line with what the gages are reporting.", "bcfDur":"168-hr", "bcfColor":"#00CC00", "bcf":"1.12", "bcfNumPairs":"641", "bcfDesc":"under-estimation" }] }
 

 

The table above shows WSR-88D Z/R relationships for sites used in the OHRFC radar mosaic. A Z/R relationship is a empirical formula that is used to estimate rainfall rates from reflectivity signal strength. Parameters that can be varied at each radar site are those shown in red.

Most stratiform rain events in the Ohio River Valley have a reflectivity signal strength of 20-40dBZ with occasional peaks to 45dBZ, but rarely anything higher (that isn't "brightbanding"). For more information and recommendations regarding Z/R relationships, see the Radar Operations Center's Handbook. Refer to Section 7.7.2 Z-R Coefficients. (This handbook is for agency use only, and requires a NOAA LDAP login.)

The bias correction factor can only be computed if there are at least 10 gage-radar pairs with both values 0.03 inches or more. Sometimes, data has to be searched back several hours to find at least 10 such pairs. (The actual number of pairs used in computing this bias factor is shown following the # sign.) The number of hours searched is shown preceding the bias factor. Bias factors are color-coded green if the radar estimates are within 15% tolerance of what the gages verify, or red otherwise. Values over 1.0 mean the radar is under-estimating. Values under 1.0 means the radar is over-estimating. This may seem counter-intuitive. To get the radar estimates to verify well with the gage values, the radar estimates would have to be multiplied by this bias factor shown for each radar.

Any cells with a yellow background under the "Last Reported" column indicate that the latest report is not up-to-date (perhaps the radar is down for maintenance).