Accession Number : AD0709364

Title :   OPERATIONAL UTILIZATION OF THE AN/TPQ-11 CLOUD DETECTION RADAR.

Descriptive Note : Instrumentation papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Paulsen,Wilbur H. ; Petrocchi,Pio J. ; McLean,George

Report Date : JUN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 59

Abstract : Fifty-three AN/TPQ-11 Cloud Detection Radars were procured for Air Force use with most of these being installed at selected Air Force bases for operational use by the Air Weather Service detachments. As these sets are capable of furnishing a great deal of meteorological data that are not otherwise available, Air Weather Service requested AFCRL to conduct a study to determine the effect of geographical and seasonal variations on AN/TPQ-11 observations. Cloud height records obtained with the AN/TPQ-11 Cloud Detection Radar at eight widely separated Air Force Bases are analyzed for possible variations in interpretation that might be required as a function of geographical location an environment. The modes of operation of the sets necessary to obtain useful records with a maximum of information content are specified, and examples of records of the various types of meteorological situations are shown. Analyses of these records for their meteorological content are made, and a number of maintenance procedures are suggested that will assist in obtaining high quality records for analysis. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*CLOUDS, DETECTION), (*METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)), (*CLOUD HEIGHT INDICATORS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)), RADAR CROSS SECTIONS, WIND

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE