Inside the Radar Dome

Posted: October 15, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Science

How I See It

I discovered some forgotten photographs from a few years ago of the National Weather Service office in Davenport, IA. The American Meteorological Society offered a course for science teachers which involved several visits to the NWS office and presentations and tours about weather forecasting. A favorite part of the course was the tour of this doppler radar dome. The fiberglass dome is about 30′ across. It protects the 28′ radar dish. The tower is about 80′ tall. More detailed information about doppler radar is available at this link.

We gathered at the base of the tower near the stairs. Most of us were eager to climb up. A few people were very troubled by the open stairs and fear of height. But, we all did make it to the top.

Before entering the hatch to the dome, I got this picture of the NWS office and horizon.

The weather was…

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