PRELIMINARY OPERATIONAL APPLICATION TECHNIQUES FOR AN/TPQ-11,
UNITED AIRCRAFT CORPORATE SYSTEMS CENTER FARMINGTON CONN
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This report is based upon recent studies and analyses utilizing a modified prototype ANTPQ-11 Radar Cloud Detecting Set. Data so obtained resulted in modifications being incorporated in the production ANTPQ-11 now being placed in USAF inventory. Simultaneously with the modifications a plan was originated to interpret the improved data for purposes of forecasting. This document reflects the preliminary conclusions reached in performance of the plan effort, and provides a firm reference for the recognition and interpretation of most cloud types. By periodic updating and extrapolation of the permanent facsimile record it is possible to forecast the arrival and cessation of precipitation and sunshine and the breaking up of fog at a location served by the ANTPQ11 radar. In addition, probable icing and turbulence conditions can be forecast for areas adjacent to the radar installation.