Accession Number : ADP006396

Title :   Overview of Weather Clutter Research at the Alberta Research Council,

Corporate Author : ALBERTA RESEARCH COUNCIL EDMONTON ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Gibson, C. ; Kochtubajda, B.

Report Date : SEP 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The Alberta Research Council operates a unique variable polarization-diversity 10 cm radar at its facility in Penhold, Alberta (located adjacent to CFB Penhold, at 52.2 deg N, 11 3.8 deg W, and elevation 904 m). This radar is part of a meteorological radar complex owned and operated by the Alberta Research Council. This facility, which also includes 5 em and 3 cm radars, is primarily used for meteorological and radio propagation research. Weather radars have been used at this facility since 1957 to study severe storms in central Alberta. These studies were designed to gather information on the mechanisms of hailstorm and hailstone formation and growth, and to assess the effectiveness of weather modification techniques. With the addition of computer interfaces in 1974, a systematic archive of radar data was initiated. This archive now includes close to 200 Gb (giga-bytes) of data, representing approximately 12,000 hours of multi-parameter radar data. In addition, approximately 18 Gb of data was recorded between 1983 and 1985 aboard an instrumented aircraft flying through significant storm conditions. Also, quantitative precipitation reports (rain, hail) were obtained from approximately 500 ground stations within the radar coverage, for each year from 1974 to 1985.

Descriptors :   *METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, *METEOROLOGICAL DATA, ADDITION, AIRCRAFT, ALBERTA, ARCHIVES, COMPUTERS, ELEVATION, FACILITIES, GROUND STATIONS, HAIL, INTERFACES, MODIFICATION, PARAMETERS, POLARIZATION, PRECIPITATION, PROPAGATION, RADAR, STORMS, VARIABLES, WEATHER, WEATHER MODIFICATION, TARGET DETECTION, WEATHER STATIONS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, RADAR ANTENNAS.

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE