1963 David Atlas Quote about Doppler Radar

“With sufficient pressure for funding by operational weather services, there is no reason why the meteorologist should not have these tools [Doppler radar] available for his day-to-day observations within five years. However, previous experience with obtaining operational CPS-9 and WSR-57 radars indicates ten years would be more realistic.”

        David Atlas, 1963
        (Meteor. Monograph 27, Severe Local Storms, p. 223)

The nationwide network of Doppler radars essentially was not completed until the mid-1990s, over thirty years later.

Therein lies an old lesson in bureaucratic efficiency and timeliness, one that needs to be remembered as the experiments continue with the phased-array radar.


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