The Pulsed Microwave Radar Appears To Be Striking At/Near The School, NOT A WATER TOWER!
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. —
Why are the velocity and reflectivity images missing northwest of the radar?
Unfortunately, a tower (I THINK IT MAY BE THE HIGH SCHOOL AND/OR BLEACHERS! THE TANK IS TO THE EAST) located northwest of the radar antenna blocks a portion of the radar transmission. The beam blockage results in missing to very poor quality data beyond the water tower, see Figure 3.
Figure 3. Beam blockage resulting in poor data along the 340 degree radial.
3. Where can I find current Charlotte TDWR velocity and reflectivity images?
Charlotte TDWR velocity, reflectivity, and Vertically Integrated Liquid are provided on the RIDGE II display.
FYI, I calculate “potential” peak pulsed power density in the overhead Huntersville area from the TDWR radar of
|Max Pulsed Power (Watts)||250,000|
|Max Pulsed Power Density (W/m2) @ 5 km||70 Watts/sq. m (7000 uw/cm2)|
|Pulse Repition Factor (Hz)||2000|
|Range Est. (Miles)||56|