Measurements Showing the Feasibility for Radar Detection of Hazardous Wind Shear at Airports.
Final rept. 1 Nov 76-28 Feb 78,
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION BOULDER COLO WAVE PROPAGATION LAB
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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
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment