On the roof of the Rockefeller Centre, 880-feet above New York's teeming thoroughfares, the weather bureau have constructed a large bubble-like building to house their new long-range radar equipment, commissioned for use Mar 6.
GV Rockefeller Centre.
LV Weather station at top of building through fog.
SV Technician runs through rain to "Radome"
CU Climbs ladder and lifts telephone making check Azimuth check with man at controls.
SV INT.. Radar meteorologist speaks on phone at console (Tomman on ladder.)
CU Position indicator scope.
SV Technician records with film and stills the reading from the indicator scope.
CU Chief meteorologist studying map.
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Background: On the roof of the Rockefeller Centre, 880-feet above New York's teeming thoroughfares, the weather bureau have constructed a large bubble-like building to house their new long-range radar equipment, commissioned for use Mar 6. Technicians call it a "Radome".
With the GBP70,000 installation, technicians can keep track of storms up to 280-miles away. A twelve-feet wide radar dish with a beam sweeps the sky ceaselessly. Swinging clockwise, the beam will skim Vermonth and New hampshire mountains, wing out over the Atlantic coast down to Chesapeake Bay, then up over Pennsylvania before closing its circuit past Lake Ontario.
When the beam finds cloud masses, snow, rain, thunderstorms, hurricanes, or tornadoes it will show them in outline on three cathode ray tube screens.
To pick out disturbances edging into the area, the clock-shaped centre screen can be set to cover a circle of more than 500 -miles in diameter. As the storm closes in on the city, the operator will reduce the circle. Storms usually move at 25-40 miles and hour, so the beam will allow from three to twelve hours of continuous observation of approaching danger.