10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
[MIS16-06] Cloud Radar Network for Early Detection of Cumulonimbus Generation
Keywords:Cloud Radar, Cumulonimbus, Early Detection
The network consists of five Ka-band (35 GHz) radars whose specifications are as follows: azimuth-/elevation-scanning Cassegrain antenna with a diameter of 2 m, 3 kW Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK) as a microwave amplifier, pulse compression by linear frequency modulation, and dual polarimetric capability (simultaneous transmission and reception of H and V; only three of the five radars). The minimum sensitivity we need is -17 dBZ (-20 dBZ) at 20 km range for dual (single) polarimetric type, respectively, because our target is the detection of a conversion from cloud droplets to raindrops. These radars were just deployed in February 2015. We would like to present preliminary results of our cloud radar and to discuss the availability to the early monitoring of cumulonimbus generation.