Extract a radar column above a point#

Given a radar and a point, extract the column of radar data values above a point

# Author: Maxwell Grover (mgrover@anl.gov)
# License: BSD 3 clause

import cartopy.crs as ccrs
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

import pyart
from pyart.testing import get_test_data

# Read in some test data
filename = get_test_data("swx_20120520_0641.nc")
radar = pyart.io.read(filename)

Plot the first sweep and our desired point

Let’s visualize our radar data from a single sweep, and plot the location of our desired point on a map. This will provide some context as to where we are extracting our column of values.

site_lon = -97.73  # longitude in degrees
site_lat = 36.41  # latitdue in degrees

# Setup the RadarMapDisplay and add our projection
display = pyart.graph.RadarMapDisplay(radar)
ax = plt.subplot(111, projection=ccrs.PlateCarree())

# Visualize the reflectivity field, using the lowest sweep with
# latitude and longitude lines
    lon_lines=np.arange(-98, -97, 0.2),
    lat_lines=np.arange(36, 37, 0.2),

# Plot our site location on top of the radar image
ax.scatter(site_lon, site_lat, color="black")
xsapr-sg 0.5 Deg. 2011-05-20T06:42:11Z  Equivalent reflectivity factor
<matplotlib.collections.PathCollection object at 0x7f7fa0b56b10>

Now that we have our point defined, and our radar object, we can use the following utility function in Py-ART to subset a column

ds = pyart.util.columnsect.get_field_location(radar, site_lat, site_lon)

This function returns an xarray dataset, with all of our data fields!

Dimensions:                            (height: 22)
  * height                             (height) float64 350.6 ... 1.818e+04
Data variables: (12/15)
    corrected_reflectivity_horizontal  (height) float64 39.2 37.52 ... nan nan
    reflectivity_horizontal            (height) float64 32.88 31.46 ... nan nan
    recalculated_diff_phase            (height) float64 1.555 1.32 ... -0.0 -0.0
    specific_attenuation               (height) float64 0.2778 0.1806 ... 0.0
    unf_dp_phase_shift                 (height) float32 58.05 56.55 ... 36.27
    mean_doppler_velocity              (height) float32 -9.133 -9.953 ... 5.688
    ...                                 ...
    dp_phase_shift                     (height) float64 145.5 144.0 ... nan nan
    diff_reflectivity                  (height) float32 0.0 0.0 0.0 ... 0.0 0.0
    proc_dp_phase_shift                (height) float32 51.8 50.25 ... 36.27
    copol_coeff                        (height) float64 0.95 0.92 ... nan nan
    base_time                          datetime64[ns] 2011-05-20T06:42:11
    time_offset                        (height) datetime64[ns] 2011-05-20T06:...
    distance_from_radar:    15.113 km
    azimuth:                233.545 degrees
    latitude_of_location:   36.41 degrees
    longitude_of_location:  -97.73 degrees

Visualize the Reflectivity Values in the Column

Let’s visualize the reflectivity values in the column above our point, which is stored in our new dataset

plot column subset
[<matplotlib.lines.Line2D object at 0x7f7fa0c01e90>]

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 3.020 seconds)

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