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2012-03-05 13:11:00

AMSTERDAM, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) will install a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] WindTracer® Doppler lidar system at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport as part of its Integrated Windshear Alerting System. Suvarnabhumi is the sixth busiest airport in Asia, having handled 47.9 million passengers in 2011. Severe weather events in airport terminal areas, especially wind shear, microbursts and gust fronts, represent great hazards...

2010-07-31 07:23:35

Gray Creech of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center can remember August 2, 1985, as if it was yesterday. On that day 25 years ago the public affairs specialist was a young U.S. Air Force airman heading home on leave to North Carolina, flying out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. "I was looking out my window, sitting at the end of the runway aboard the second airplane lined up to take off," said Creech. "I had a window seat and was looking out the window when I noticed some really,...

2008-11-03 15:00:13

DENVER, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has purchased a WindTracer(R) lidar system from Lockheed Martin , which is being tested at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The system is designed to improve flight safety and airport operational efficiency by providing advanced warning of wind hazards and wind shifts. Developed and produced by Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, the WindTracer system continuously scans the approach and departure...

2008-07-14 15:00:46

Power was being restored Monday to parts of the Phoenix, area, which were hit by an unexpected downpour and high winds, causing flash flooding. The flooding was triggered by more than 2 inches of rain that fell in a short period Sunday, The Arizona Republic reported. Especially hard hit were Tempe and South Phoenix, Ariz., where drivers were stranded in ponding water up to 2 feet deep. Some 5,600 homes in Phoenix and Arizona's East Valley were without electricity because of high winds...

Latest Microburst Reference Libraries

2009-07-18 14:50:11

Wind Shear (windshear, wind gradient) is described as difference in wind speed and direction over a short distance in the atmosphere. Wind shear is broken down into vertical and horizontal components. Horizontal wind shear is seen across weather fronts and near coastal regions. A vertical wind shear is found near the surface, or at upper levels of the atmosphere. Wind shear is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs over short distances, although it can be associated with larger scale cold...

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