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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter5.15

Weather Radar Systems

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Introduction

As early as 1915, a British scientist named Robert Watson-Watt used radio technology to detect thunderstorms in England. Radar, which is derived from the words radio detection and ranging, was developed by British (and other) militaries to detect enemy aircraft during World War II. However, it was quickly realized that radar also detected precipitation. It was initially seen as a nuisance. However, after the war was over, the development of weather radar began almost immediately (e.g., Sim 2014; Duda 2015).

During the 1940s and 1950s, the U.S. Weather Bureau, in cooperation with universities and research laboratories, produced the first true weather radar systems. ...

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