The University of Oklahoma deploys the world's most advanced weather radar

The University of Oklahoma deploys the world's most advanced weather radar

Norman, Oklahoma, October 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Oklahoma It has now developed and deployed the world's most advanced weather radar. Led by a team of engineers and weather experts, and with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory, the Advanced Radar Research Center at the Open University has launched “Horus,” an all-digital polar phased array radar capable of acquiring data at unparalleled quality. Preceded and timed resolution to help understand and predict the formation of severe weather.

“We now have a highly advanced mobile radar system that can be sent into the field to collect data on severe weather events.” Robert Palmersaid the executive director of the Center for Advanced Radar Research at OU.

The Horus system is used to monitor many types of weather phenomena, ranging from heavy rain, damaging winds, hail, lightning, and tornadoes. By placing the radar close to storm systems, the ARRC team can capture high-resolution data that no one in the world has ever seen before.

“The ARRC team is developing amazing technology that will change the future of weather monitoring. I am very proud of what OU's radar program is doing,” said OU Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Diaz de la Rubia.

The current configuration of the Horus radar consists of up to 1,600 individual radiating elements mounted on a truck for mobile use that can be deployed to scan the sky in any weather condition.

One of the primary advantages of the Horus mobile radar is its ability to get very close to storms. By doing so, researchers can increase the accuracy and quality of data, capturing terabytes of data in minutes. Thanks to weather processing algorithms, Horus can produce actionable information that will help scientists understand the composition of severe weather.

The factors that make the Horus system superior are the speed with which it can scan the sky and its adaptability. Compared to Doppler radar, Horus is a game changer in weather monitoring. Learn more at

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source University of Oklahoma

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