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NOAA Weather Radar
They started putting these up around 2008, I think. I
believe they're part of the NOAA NEXRAD radar system, which would mean
they're C-band (5-6 GHz) dual polarization weather radars. I think I
rememeber reading a press release stating that these are actually just
backups. The dishes themselves are about 20 meters in diameter, and are
completely motorized; they can be pointed in any direction and at any
angle. The thing that look like robots you see hanging down are part of
the de-icing system responsible for blowing warm air through the plenum
airspace between the back of the reflector and the fiberglass backing
panels. The weird silver building in the back is the unrelated, but
still pretty kickass Robert H.
Mollohan Research Center.
As soon as I learn more I'll write more, but unfortunately I don't know
much about radar.
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