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Weather Radar Meteor 360 AC

Description of the radar set, tactical-technical characteristics

Figure 1: Weatherradar in Neuheilenbach (Germany)

frequency: 5.6 GHz
pulse repetition time (PRT):
pulse repetition frequency (PRF): 250 and 1200 Hz
pulsewidth (τ): 0.5 µs
receiving time:
dead time:
peak power: 250 kW
average power:
instrumented range: 250 km
range resolution:
hits per scan:
antenna rotation: 3 rpm.

Weather Radar Meteor 360 AC

The Meteor 360 AC Doppler pulse radar was a precipitation radar operating in the C-band. The measured raw data include a volume scan every 15 minutes as well as near-ground precipitation data every 5 minutes within a radius of 100 or 250 km from the site. The raw data are processed and published centrally in Offenbach am Main. This is also where the very important comparison of radar data with data from the precipitation ground measurement network takes place because not everything that falls from the clouds reaches the ground.

The company Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Weather Service) maintained 16 weather radars of this type covering the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany. The picture shows the Neuheilenbach site in the Volcanic Eifel. The tower is almost 37 m high. A parabolic antenna with a diameter of 4.2 m is housed in the 6.7 m radome. Below the radome is the operating room with all the technical equipment necessary to operate such a system.

In the meantime, all these radars have been replaced by the more modern polarimetric radars of type DWSR 5001 SDP CE from EEC (USA).

Special thanks to Martin Becker (DG1ASC) for the cooperation

Picture gallery of Meteor 360

Figure 2: Antenna dish with the diameter of 4,2 m