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Effect of Attenuation on the Choice of Wavelength for Weather Detection by Radar

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2 Author(s)
Walter Hitschfeld ; McGill University, Montreal ; J. S. Marshall

The performance of radars in storm detection is studied in a manner designed to help in the choice of the proper wavelength for the radar. Decreasing the wavelength increases the range in clear air, but the attenuation associated with the shortened wavelength cuts down appreciably the ability of the radar to look through intervening rain. It is concluded that for the certain detection of operationally significant storms, wavelengths shorter than about 5 cm should not be used.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 7 )