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CameronCat

New Radar?

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Didn't know where else to ask this so ...

WPVI/ Channel 6 is making a big deal tonight of "their" new WX radar tower in Warminster (?) or environs. Do they really own it or have they bought into 
service from a larger company, possibly Accu-weather or similar?  Just wondering but it strikes me as unusual that a broadcast outlet would make
the major investment in this kind of gear.

Anybody here got the true skinny on the new unit? Thanks in advance.

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On 5/6/2019 at 8:36 PM, CameronCat said:

Didn't know where else to ask this so ...

WPVI/ Channel 6 is making a big deal tonight of "their" new WX radar tower in Warminster (?) or environs. Do they really own it or have they bought into 
service from a larger company, possibly Accu-weather or similar?  Just wondering but it strikes me as unusual that a broadcast outlet would make
the major investment in this kind of gear.

Anybody here got the true skinny on the new unit? Thanks in advance.

I am sorry I thought I answered this from my fire.  Not that this is much of an answer.  I don't know.  Given the concerns that went on with the NWS's Dopplers (Mothers Against Radiating Kids) I would think this would have had generated more noise if it is in a residential area.

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Hi and thanks ...
Yeah, my Kindle does that too. No worries.  Diving deep into Ch 6's website I found this which answers my question but not the larger ones. The necessary explanation video was not linked or available so the where and why still eludes us.  On 6th May, their drone or helicopter shots showed the familiar "golf ball on a tee" radar. I'm pretty sure they mentioned Warminster or Warrington -- could it be on the old Naval Air Station/ Johnsville site? Or NAS Willow Grove?
 

StormTracker 6 Live Radar: Most advanced technology in Delaware Valley

 
Monday, May 6, 2019
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- We do a lot of talking about the weather. 
This week, we're taking you inside weather forecasting, and you will see that it has become very sophisticated science. 
We begin with an in-depth look at StormTracker 6 Live Radar. 
Channel 6 is the only local TV station to actually own a radar. 
The technology is the most advanced and fastest in the region, bringing you crucial information when minutes, even seconds, count. 

Meteorologist Cecily Tynan explains how it all works.
* * * * * * * <ends> * * * * * * * 

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9 hours ago, CameronCat said:

Hi and thanks ...
Yeah, my Kindle does that too. No worries.  Diving deep into Ch 6's website I found this which answers my question but not the larger ones. The necessary explanation video was not linked or available so the where and why still eludes us.  On 6th May, their drone or helicopter shots showed the familiar "golf ball on a tee" radar. I'm pretty sure they mentioned Warminster or Warrington -- could it be on the old Naval Air Station/ Johnsville site? Or NAS Willow Grove?
 

StormTracker 6 Live Radar: Most advanced technology in Delaware Valley

 
Monday, May 6, 2019
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- We do a lot of talking about the weather. 
This week, we're taking you inside weather forecasting, and you will see that it has become very sophisticated science. 
We begin with an in-depth look at StormTracker 6 Live Radar. 
Channel 6 is the only local TV station to actually own a radar. 
The technology is the most advanced and fastest in the region, bringing you crucial information when minutes, even seconds, count. 

Meteorologist Cecily Tynan explains how it all works.
* * * * * * * <ends> * * * * * * * 

 

It's on the old Johnsville Base in Warminster. There used to be a centrifuge built back in the 60's and into the late 90's they used for astronaut training. The centrifuge building is now an "escape room" business. The 6ABC radar is about 50 yds from the building. You can see it on Google Maps. I think there used to be a weather radar station on the Willow Grove NAS that was used but that has since been taken down.

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Excellent info, and thanks.  I'll guess that 6-ABC is selling data from their new toy to others as a revenue stream. And I also wonder what our friends in Mt. Holly think of the deal.

As a side note, back in the day I had a Scoutmaster that worked at Johnsville Naval Research. He once got a low-G check-out ride in the centrifuge and we toured the site (later) as his guests.  Very cool place!

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This is a non-sequitur question from the OP, but it’s radar related and I did not think it deserves its own thread...

What can be the cause of the reflectivity seen off the coast tonight? The reflectivity KDIX displays is not even spatially aligned with what KOKX is showing. It also does not appear like the usual noise provided by bugs or birds over land.

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