A weather radar display system and method for obtaining and storing radar return data for a plurality of horizontal and vertical sweeps, each horizontal sweep occurring at a different tilt angle and each vertical sweep occurring at a different azimuth angle. The radar return data is displayed as plan views in a plurality of separate display sections, each corresponding to a plurality of separate horizontal sweeps in one embodiment and to a plurality of separate vertical sweeps in a second embodiment. Radar return data in one display section (horizontal or vertical) is displayed with a variety of colors to represent precipitation intensity. Radar return data in remaining display section (horizontal or vertical) is displayed as a first color with edge returns displayed in second color to differentiate the remaining sections. Display sections partially overlap such that each subsequently displayed plan view is at least partially superimposed on the preceding view to give a three-dimensional image of the weather system.