Georges has already demonstrated that both over- Weather Uses Possible for Defense Radars the-horizon radar systems can be used for monitoring The fall of communism has forced the United States large ocean areas. As Hurricane Andrew approached to find new uses for its defense systems. Two southern Florida last fall, ocean surface wind direc- multibillion-dollar early warning radar systems, origi- tions created by the hurricane were observed on a nally installed to alert the United States of potential radar screen in a control room hundreds of miles away Soviet bombers, could provide a variety of peacetime in Maine. Using over-the-horizon radar, Georges said, uses, according to a National Oceanic and Atmo- commercial aircraft can be tracked as they cross the spheric Administration scientist. ocean, where no direct radar tracking is available. Thomas M. Georges of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Wave Propagation Laboratory in Boul- The radar could also be used to give a few days' der, Colorado, has experimented with air force over- warning of showers of electrically charged particles the-horizon radars for the past two years to show how from the sun that can disrupt electric power distribution they can monitor wind conditions over huge, data- and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1993
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