CSU-CHILLColorado State University Chill National Radar Facility (formerly Located in Chicago, Illinois)
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This section presents a few data cases illustrating the CSU-CHILL radar current capabilities.
During June 2013 the CSU-CHILL radar operated in simultaneous X-band and S-band dual-frequency mode, collecting data on a number of convective storms during the CHILL Microphysical Investigation of Electrification (CHILL-MIE) project.
During the midday hours of 15 August 2012, a cold front that produced no precipitation and minimal cloud development passed the CSU-CHILL radar site while moving toward the southwest.
From December 2012 to April 2013, the CSU-CHILL radar operated at X band only.
In the early afternoon of 18 June 2013, a tornado developed over the Denver International Airport while CSU-CHILL was in operation during the National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 2013 project.
This study describes the successful transformation of the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility to a diverse radar system capable of operating at S band only, X band only, and simultaneous S and X bands, all providing a full suite of Doppler and polarimetric measurements.
The CSU-CHILL radar is now operating as part of the Front Range Observational Network Testbed (FRONT) formed by the CSU-CHILL radar and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) S- and Ka-band Polarimetric (SPolKa) radar.
The CSU-CHILL radar is available for users via several request mechanisms.
Kennedy, 2011: Design and performance characteristics of the new 8.5-m dual-offset Gregorian antenna for the CSU-CHILL radar.
Bowie, 2000: A description of the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility.