Cuban Specialists Build their Own Doppler Weather Radar
CAMAGUEY, Cuba, March 13 (acn)
Specialists at the Cuban National Weather Radars Center are
completing works to put into function the prototype of the
first Dopple-technology based radar designed and assembled
in the island.
cutting-edge technology to the existing radar in the central
province of Camaguey, the refurbishment will allow
specialists to measure
the wind speed and predict sea floods in the event of
meteorological phenomena like hurricanes.
Director Orlando Rodriguez told ACN conventional radars with
a 450 Km
range can only measure the intensity of rain, while Doppler
makes it possible to predict the possible path of tornados
Engineer Leonardo Fernandez, in charge of the assembly, said
the high prices of this type of high-technology equipment in
international market –quoted at around $5 million-, Cuba
decided to buy
the components separately.
Local specialists adapted the technology to the center’s
assembled the radar. They also implemented the software and
connect the computers with meteorological equipment, and
there were other
elements that were designed and manufactured at the Center,
a saving of at least $100,000.
Out of the eight radars making up the Cuban Meteorological
network, the one located in Camaguey is the first one using
With 68 weather stations, Cuba has one of the most important
early hurricane detection and warning systems of the