Tornadic debris signature

From Glossary of Meteorology

tornadic debris signature

Often referred to as a TDS. A dual-polarization radar-based feature indicative of nonmeteorological tornadic debris present in the radar sample volume. It is typically associated with a significantly reduced copolar correlation coefficient, a low differential reflectivity, and sometimes an enhanced reflectivity factor, which are centered or nearly centered on a tornadic vortex signature.

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Term edited 28 May 2019.