Addison Airport To Improve Hazardous Weather Forecasts

 - April 14, 2014, 12:40 PM

Dallas Addison Airport (ADS) recently became part of a five-year, $10 million radar network demonstration project to learn how X-band sensors can improve hazardous weather forecasts, warnings and responses in dense urban environments.

The Dallas Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network, led by the Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere and the North Central Texas Council of Governments, consists of eight radar sites, including one on the airport’s northeast corner. The eight network sensors cover 12 of 16 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The short range and close spacing of the radar sensors overcome coverage limitations of traditional weather radars by creating high-resolution radar maps of current and future weather in the lowest part of the atmosphere, altitudes unseen by other weather radar. The overlapping network will detect and forecast severe wind, tornadoes, hail, ice and flash floods and enable emergency managers to make quicker, more focused decisions.

The collaborative radar network is expected to lead to models for future federal/municipal/private partnerships to fund new technology and interdisciplinary weather system research.

The Addison Airport site was selected as a primary network radar site because of its separation from downtown’s tall buildings and its elevated terrain, which give it an unobstructed low-level view.