Weather Radar Systems

On the Radar

Weather Modification, Inc. not only sells and services C-band, X-band, and S-band weather radar systems to clients around the world; we incorporate them into our own cloud seeding projects. Ranging from smaller mobile radar systems, to polarimetric Doppler research quality systems, we can meet radar needs for a wide range of customers.

Weather Radar Systems are a versatile tool for atmospheric assessment, with uses that include:

  • Rainfall estimates
  • Real-time cloud detection
  • Speed and direction of cell motion
  • Identifying precipitation location and intensity

New Single and Dual Polarized Radar Systems

Weather Modification, Inc., owns, operates, and sells new single pol and dual pol radar systems that utilize a solid state transmitters, digital receivers and antenna control systems. Configurable display software allows a wide variety of user-defined product display and analysis features.

Available antenna diameters include 3.5 meters, 4.2 meters, and 4.5 meters. Also available are new fiberglass radomes.

Dual-Polarization Specifications

Dual Pol Specifications:
Transmitter
TypeCoaxial Magnetron
Frequency5.5 - 5.7 GHz
Peak Power250/500 kW
ModulatorSolid State
Antenna
TypeDual Center-fed parabolic reflector
Diameter4.5 m
Gain (typical)45 dB
Beam Width<1 degree
Side Lobe better than -26 dB
Radome Diameter7.5 M
Positioner
TypeYoke type, elevation over azimuth
Elevation Range-5 to +185 degrees
Maximum Scan Rate12 degrees per second
Antenna/Pedestal-40 to +55 C, 0 - 95% R.H.
Operating-50 to +60 C
RF to IF Receiver
TypeDual Stage, Dual Channel
Dynamic Range >95 dB
IF Frequency60 MHz
Digital IF Receiver and Signal Processor
TypeVaisala Sigmet RVP8
Dynamic Range > 95 dB
IF Digitizing14 bits, 72 MHz in 3 channels

Single-Polarization Specifications

Single Pol Specifications:
Transmitter
TypeCoaxial Magnetron
Frequency5.5 - 5.7 GHz
Peak Power250/500 kW
ModulatorSolid State
Pulse Width0.8 - 2.0
Antenna
TypeCenter-fed parabolic reflector
Diameter4.2 m
Gain (typical)45 dB
Beam Width<1 degree
Side Lobe better than -26 dB
Radome Diameter6.5 M
Positioner
TypeYoke type, elevation over azimuth
Elevation Range-5 to +185 degrees
Maximum Scan Rate12 degrees per second
Antenna/Pedestal-40 to +55 C, 0 - 95% R.H.
Operating-50 to +60 C
RF to IF Receiver
TypeDual Stage, Dual Channel
Dynamic Range >95 dB
IF Frequency60 MHz
Digital IF Receiver and Signal Processor
TypeVaisala Sigmet RVP8
Dynamic Range> 95 dB
IF Digitizing14 bits, 72 MHz in 3 channels

Refurbished Radar Systems

C-band weather radar systems with state of the art transmitter and receiver upgrades. TITAN display and analysis software are available for sale or lease. These systems come with an 8-foot antenna dish and a 12-foot fiberglass radome, and can be installed with a tower, or as a mobile unit.

System Specifications

Reconditioned Radar Specifications:
Transmitter
TypeMagnetron
Frequency5.5 - 5.6 GHz
Peak Power250 kW
ModulatorSolid State
Pulse Width0.8/2.0/3.0
Antenna
TypeCenter-fed parabolic reflector
Diameter2.5 m
Gain (typical)40 dB
Beam Width1.6 degree
Radome Diameter3.65 M
Positioner
Typeelevation over azimuth
Elevation Range-3 to +45 degrees
Maximum Scan Rate12 degrees per second
Antenna/Pedestal-40 to +55 C, 0 - 95% R.H.
Operating-50 to +60 C
RF to IF Receiver
TypeLogarithmic RF-IF
Dynamic Range 78 dB
IF Frequency30 MHz

Upgrade Services

We provide transmitter, receiver and antenna upgrades to nearly any type of C-band weather radar. After an assessment of your existing radar, we can recommend upgrades that allow the most modern equipment for reliability and superior data quality.

More about Weather Radar System Upgrades.

Upgrades to Transmitters

Includes new solid state power supply and modulators. This system is power-efficient, protected with auto-reset circuitry, and produces a precise pulse. A custom control panel is also available and can be optimized to fit existing equipment.

Upgrades to Outdated Receiver Equipment

Installation includes modern digital receiver with Doppler functions. This system produces display and analysis products, and also can be interfaced with the TITAN display and analysis system.

Technical Support

Our team of experienced radar engineers are ready to help with Weather Radar System issues. From installation to service to upgrades, we guarantee you will be getting the best service possible.