Re: Studying Super Storms & Comments
The Dopplers used in the article are on land, on trucks with stands or feet like large cranes, that they use to stabilize the trucks. They are placed throughout the region and are used to create three dimensional models of the building storms.
You are quite right that a sailboat would have little chance, with our toy radars, using it to avoid one of these mothers. They're too big. Our little radars, though, do "see" squalls, and we've used ours to skirt squalls. However, ours is "blinded" by too many returns, if we get inside the rain.
If you have time, I recommend reading the whole article. It really IS interesting.
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.