MEASUREMENTS SHOWING THE FEASIBILITY FOR RADAR DETECTION OF HAZARDOUS WIND SHEAR AT AIRPORTS

Measurements of the strength of clear-air backscattered power for a 10 cm radar were made over a 12 month period in Colorado. The main conclusion is that radar offers a viable option for warning of hazardous low-level wind shear at airports. There were 161 days of operation and diurnal and seasonal trends of the return are identified. It is shown that the backscattered power can be considered as a single parameter log-normal random variable. The problems encountered in low elevation angle operation are discussed and one solution, a clutter suppression system is presented. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Wave Propagation Laboratory
    Boulder, CO  United States  80302
  • Authors:
    • Chadwick, R B
    • Moran, K P
    • Morrison, G E
    • Campbell, W C
  • Publication Date: 1978-2-28

Media Info

  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AFGL-TR-78-0160 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: Y77-847t
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM