National Weather Service Radome Inspection

 

 

National Weather Service invests in weather safety for Middle Tennesseans

 

Every few years, the Radome of the Doppler Weather Radar--which houses the large, 28 foot diameter antenna dish--is inspected in order to find any degradation to the exterior patchwork panels that may have occurred due to prolonged weathering. This requires a trained professional to carefully scale the Radome, and then move across its surface looking for any tell-tale signs of wear, and targeting any degraded panels for replacement.

During the inspection of the Radome this January, six of the panels were  found to be in need of replacement. Putting in new panels will allow for continued optimum performance of our WSR-88D.

Below, are some photos taken during the January inspection. It certainly requires the attention of someone who isn't afraid of heights, since the top of the dome is over 100 feet in the air.

 

 

Starting the inspection...

 

scaling "the great sphere"...

 

The inspection continues...

 

Finishing up the inspection...

 

On the way down back to solid ground...

 



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