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Research article 27 Feb 2018

Research article | 27 Feb 2018

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This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of the manuscript was accepted for the journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).

The NCAS Mobile Dual-Polarisation Doppler X-Band Weather Radar (NXPol)

Ryan R. Neely III1,2, Lindsay Bennett1,2, Alan Blyth1,2, Chris Collier1,2, David Dufton1,2, James Groves1,2, Daniel Walker1,2, Chris Walden1,3,4, John Bradford1,3,4, Barbara Brooks1,2, Freya Lumb1,2, John Nicol1, and Ben Pickering1,2 Ryan R. Neely III et al.
  • 1National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 3Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK
  • 4Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR), Chilbolton, Hampshire, UK

Abstract. In recent years, mobile dual-polarisation Doppler X-band radars have become a prevalent part of the atmospheric scientist’s toolkit for examining cloud dynamics and microphysics and making quantitative precipitation estimates. Here we describe the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) mobile X-band Dual-polarisation Doppler weather radar (NXPol) and the infrastructure used to deploy the radar and provide an overview of the technical specifications. It is the first radar of its kind in the United Kingdom. The NXPol is a Meteor 50DX manufactured by Selex-Gematronik (Selex ES GmbH), modified to operate with a larger 2.4m diameter antenna that produces a 0.98° half-power beam width and without a radome. We provide an overview of the technical specifications of the NXPol with emphasis given to the description of the aspects of the infrastructure developed to deploy the radar as an autonomous observing facility in remote locations. To demonstrate the radar’s capabilities, we also present examples of its use in three recent field campaigns and its ongoing observations at the Chilbolton Facility for Atmospheric and Radio Research (CFARR).

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