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Marta Nelson pours liquid nitrogen onto a foam target. The nitrogen was used to calibrate the temporary radiometer installed near Jackson Lake on Monday. The radiometer is used to see liquid water in clouds among other things.
Marta Nelson pours liquid nitrogen onto a foam target. The nitrogen was used to calibrate the temporary radiometer installed near Jackson Lake on Monday. The radiometer is used to see liquid water in clouds among other things.

Meteorologists use radiometer in Mancos in an attempt to improve cloud seeding at Jackson Lake – By Mary Shinn
The Mancos Times: http://www.mancostimes.com/article/20140311/MT03/140319939/-1/mt/The-Snowmakers-#sthash.NquXxRuf.dpuf

No one can control the weather, but scientists have done what they can to encourage snowfall in Colorado by cloud seeding for decades, and now they are working to improve it locally.

On Monday, meteorologist Marta Nelson installed a temporary radiometer at Jackson Lake near the Mancos Water Conservancy District.

The instrument is able to determine the best combination of water content in clouds and temperature to use a cloud-seeding generator.

Cloud-seeding generators throw up silver iodide into the atmosphere to harvest the extra water because snow will form around it.

“We can see relative humidity and vapor and the potential for a cloud to form. We can also see inside a cloud that’s already formed, so if we’re looking for liquid water versus ice that is frozen in the cloud the radiometer can tell the difference and help tell the cloud seeding people know when to run the generators or when it’s not going to do any good,” she said. Nelson works for Radiometrics, Corp., based in Boulder, which installs similar machines all over the world.

The new data will also help scientists decide if the local cloud seeding generator at Spring Creek should be run later into the winter season, said Jeff Tilley, director of weather modification at the Desert Research Institute, in Reno. The Institute operates the local cloud-seeding generator remotely. The data that is collected over the next month will be applied to operations next winter because the Spring Creek generator is almost out of cloud-seeding solution, he said.

The Institute is collaborating with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on the project, and the board is paying the $8,500 to lease the radiometer for a month.

Across the state, about $1 million is spent on cloud seeding, and about 65 percent of the funds are provided by local entities such as ski areas, water districts, and towns. The other 35 percent of the funds are provided by state and other funding.

“The generator near Mancos has been in place for about five years, and in that time there has been some benefit in the area,” Tilley said.

“The impression we have is that we have seen some difference,” he said.

Cloud seeding is safe because silver iodide won’t break down in any way that’s harmful, Nelson said.

There are about 32 cloud-seeding machines in this region. However, the solution for the machines is very expensive. For example, enough solution to run a generator for a season will run about $10,000.

Researchers hope the temporary radiometer will help them use the generator more efficiently.

The Desert Research Institute is interested this area, in part, because the water feeds the Colorado River and supplies water to Nevada and California. The Institute works to improve water supplies across the basins that supply the Colorado River, Tilley said.

The snowpack that supplies the Colorado River is above average this year, but it would take five years of strong snowfall to offset the drought, Tilley said.

Nelson has heard concerns about moisture not reaching the eastern plains because of cloud seeding. But the water for areas West of the Rocky Mountains comes mainly from the Pacific and Water to the east of the mountains comes from the Gulf of Mexico.

“Because the moisture comes from two different areas, we’re just making sure that all of it that can fall does, because a lot of these counties face severe droughts in the summertime,” she said.

Radiometrics Completes Acceptance Testing for Initial Delivery on Twenty Radiometer Network

detailed_road_map_of_indiaBoulder, Colorado, 27 December, 2012— Radiometrics Corporation announces the completion of a major delivery milestone on a contract to install and maintain a nationwide network of microwave thermodynamic profilers in India. On December 22, 2012, representatives from an important agency of the Indian government completed acceptance testing of the first profiler and the central site equipment and software are scheduled for delivery in early January 2013.

Once completed, the network will include twenty profilers and a sophisticated network management subsystem, as well as software to analyze and display real-time upper air meteorological data for operational weather forecasting and nowcasting. Data from the radiometers will provide meteorologists real-time radiosonde-equivalent atmospheric soundings and forecast indices.

Radiometrics Corporation CEO Dick Rochester explains, “We are excited to complete the first major delivery milestone for this contract. This contract is significant for many reasons: Radiometrics will create the largest radiometer network in the world, both in geographic coverage and the number of instruments in the network. The network will support operational weather forecasting and provide critical real-time boundary layer data essential to improving local airfield nowcasting and numerical forecast model performance. With the support of our partner Info Electronic Systems, we will also maintain the network for a minimum of seven years. This is the largest contract award in the company’s history; one which highlights the continuing adoption of the company’s pioneering passive upper-air remote sensing technology by the global weather community.”

Radiometrics Corporation’s thermodynamic profilers produce continuous temperature, humidity and liquid atmospheric profiles. Historically, upper-air observations are made using radiosondes, commercial aircraft soundings, and a small number of wind profilers and tall towers. However, the spatial and temporal resolution of these observations are limited and do not meet the growing data requirements for improved forecasts at local scales. Radiosondes, which are the primary source of upper air data are typically launched twice per day from widely spaced sites, and lack the spatial and temporal resolution needed to improve short range high-resolution forecasts

About Radiometrics:  Radiometrics Corporation (www.radiometrics.com) is a closely held private corporation based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has pioneered commercial ground-based thermodynamic microwave radiometry for over two decades. With more than 300 microwave radiometers in operation worldwide, the company is the world leader in ground-based radiometer product innovation and sales. Rugged, compact, and reliable, Radiometrics thermodynamic profilers observe the boundary layer temperature, humidity and liquid that define local weather. Patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for operational and research applications.

For further information call David Patton at 303-539-7583, or d.patton@radiometrics.com.

Radiometrics Corporation Installs Microwave Radiometer for World Gliding Championships

Uvalde_LogoBoulder, Colorado, June 27, 2012— Radiometrics Corporation installed an MP-3000A microwave radiometer at Garner Field in Uvalde, Texas, to support the World Gliding Championships starting on 28th of July through the 19th of August. Data from the radiometer will provide pilots and event planners real-time radiosonde equivalent atmospheric soundings and forecast indices. Radiometrics Corporation Chairman of the Board, Mike Exner, an experienced glider pilot, explains: “Without the radiometer data, weather forecasters for the championships would rely on soundings from the 7AM and 7PM (local) radiosonde launches from Del Rio, approximately 70 miles to the west. The MP-3000A will provide temperature and humidity profiles up to 10 km that are equivalent to radiosondes, but updated every five minutes, rather than only twice-daily.  Using RAOB software, we will present the radiometer profiles in Skew-T format, which is familiar to weather forecasters and many pilots. The continuous, real-time data will provide a clear picture of both current conditions and trends, which will allow for more accurate nowcasting and short-term forecasting.”

Radiometrics Corporation’s radiometers produce continuous temperature, humidity and liquid profiles. Currently, boundary layer observations are made using radiosondes, commercial aircraft soundings, radar and a small number of wind profilers and tall towers. However, the spatial and temporal resolution of these observations are limited and do not meet the growing data requirements for improved forecasts at local scales.

About Radiometrics: Radiometrics Corporation (www.radiometrics.com) is a closely held private corporation based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has pioneered commercial ground-based thermodynamic microwave radiometry for over two decades. With more than 200 microwave radiometers in operation worldwide, the company is the world leader in ground based radiometer product innovation and sales. Rugged, compact, and reliable, Radiometrics thermodynamic profilers observe the boundary layer temperature, humidity and liquid that define local weather. Patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for operational and research applications.

For more information about the event, please go to

www.wgc2012uvalde.com. To discover more about soaring, go to www.letsgogliding.com or www.ssa.org.

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For further information call Andrew McKittrick at 805.492.6100 or amck@resonatemktg.com

Dick Rochester Elected CEO of Radiometrics Corporation

Dick Rochester 2 with First Earth Networks Shipment 23Feb2012

The Board of Directors has elected Dick Rochester to be the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Radiometrics Corporation. Michael Exner, former CEO, will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an active role in corporate and new product development.

Radiometrics Corporation manufactures microwave radiometers. Microwave radiometers are ground based remote sensing instruments used by governments and companies around the world to sense the real-time temperature, humidity and liquid profiles of the earth’s lower atmosphere, or “boundary layer”. The atmospheric profiles generated by the company’s products provide meteorologists with a unique source of information critical to accurate, high-impact local weather forecasting for emergency management services, utility load forecasting, renewable energy and clean-tech sectors, aviation, air quality monitoring and water management. In January 2012, Radiometrics partnered with Earth Networks to develop the Earth Networks Boundary Layer Network (ENBLN), a network of more than a hundred profiling radiometers that will monitor the boundary layer across the United States.

“Dick is the person to manage the rapid growth Radiometrics is experiencing. He brings 30 years of leadership, product development experience, and technical background in high reliability systems,” says Michael Exner. “The company is ready to transition to his management leadership, giving me the opportunity to focus more on continued product improvements and strategic planning”.

Promoting Mr. Rochester to CEO is a continuation of the changes Radiometrics initiated over a year ago to position the company for much higher growth and accelerated product development. This appointment is the most recent organizational change undertaken to better position the company to manage increasing demand for its products and services. Radiometrics also recently added Dr. Victor Markin to the staff as Director of Engineering. Dr. Markin brings over 30 years of academic and practical experience in microwave radio hardware design. And Marta Nelson, a meteorologist, has recently joined the team at Radiometrics to assist customers and to assist engineering in developing new software for commercial applications.

“Given the increasing awareness of weather on our daily lives, and the acceptance of microwave radiometers as a cost-effective and accurate instrument for boundary layer profiling, our company is projected to grow significantly in the next few years,” says Dick Rochester. “These are exciting times at Radiometrics!”

Radiometrics Corporation is a closely held private corporation based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has pioneered commercial ground-based thermodynamic microwave radiometry for over two decades. With more than 300 microwave radiometers in operation worldwide, the company is the world leader in ground based microwave radiometer product innovation and sales. Rugged, compact, and reliable, Radiometrics’ thermodynamic profilers observe the boundary layer temperature, humidity and liquid water that define local weather. Patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for operational and research applications.

CONTACT:
Dave Patton
Radiometrics Corporation
Main Tel: 1+303-449-9192
Direct: 1+303-539-7583
FAX: 1+303-786-9343
Email: d.patton@radiometrics.com
Website: radiometrics.com

Earth Networks and Radiometrics Corp Partner to Provide High-resolution Real-time Data.

As seen on EarthNetworks.com:
Earth Networks to Launch Boundary Layer Monitoring Network to Provide Critical Insight for Weather Forecasters and Aid Renewable Energy Sector, Aviation and Other Markets

Network Deployment to Begin in Partnership with Instrumentation Developer Radiometrics

SF_FogAmerican Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting & Germantown, MD — January 24, 2012  Earth NetworksSM, the operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, announces the deployment of a new monitoring network for the continuous collection of real-time atmospheric data within the planetary boundary layer and above. Earth Networks is partnering with Boulder, CO-based Radiometrics Corporation to deploy the initial network of 10 thermodynamic profiling radiometers in California. Key parameters that will be measured by the network of radiometers include temperature, humidity and liquid profiles. The companies anticipate that the network will grow quickly to 100 or more instruments across the United States. The Earth Networks Boundary Layer Network (ENBLN) will fill critical observational gaps that will enable meteorologists to greatly improve mesoscale forecasts and storm warnings.

In addition to serving as an important new resource for modelers and forecasters, boundary layer data will provide several benefits to businesses and will prove useful to researchers and climate scientists. Data from the network will help meet the expanding needs of the renewable energy and clean-tech sectors and other industries by providing more detailed atmospheric information to improve forecasts used by the nation’s solar plants, wind farms and electric utilities. Additional applications include aviation, air quality monitoring and water management, where greater forecast accuracy and precision is required. The network will also monitor critical stability parameters that will provide insight into the initiation of convective storms, which is one of the priorities of the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS).

Currently, boundary layer observations are made using radiosondes, commercial aircraft soundings, radar and a small number of wind profilers and tall towers. However, the spatial and temporal resolution of these observations are limited and do not meet the growing data requirements for improved forecasts at local scales. The ENBLN will become an essential resource to provide a more accurate description of the vertical structure and stability of the complex boundary layer.

“The planetary boundary layer is the single most important under-sampled part of the atmosphere,” says Earth Networks President and CEO Bob Marshall. “We are thrilled to be able to leverage our vast, existing environmental networks to efficiently deploy these sophisticated Radiometrics instruments and utilize the data to significantly improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and storm warnings for many critical needs. The ENBLN is a perfect complement to our weather, lightning and greenhouse gas networks.”

This partnership brings together the thermodynamic profiling technology and expertise of Radiometrics with the global networking and data collection strengths of Earth Networks, says Radiometrics CEO Mike Exner. “The partnership will enable the availability of continuous boundary layer data. What is more, the data will be available from any number of measurement sites, both as stand-alone data or combined with other meteorological data into powerful forecasting and modeling tools. Our partnership will revolutionize how continuous thermodynamic measurements are used for weather forecasting.”

Earth Networks representatives will be available to discuss the new network at the 92nd Annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meeting in New Orleans in booth #421 and at DistribuTECH in San Antonio, Texas, in booth #4456. Radiometrics representatives will be available at AMS in booth #626. Those not attending these events may learn more about the Earth Networks Boundary Layer Network by contacting Earth Networks Energy and Government Services Director John Bosse jbosse@earthnetworks.com.

About
Earth NetworksSM
As the provider of advanced weather data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks (formerly AWS) operates the world’s largest weather observation and lightning detection networks and is building what will become the largest greenhouse gas monitoring network. Earth Networks most recently announced the launch of a boundary layer network to capture atmospheric observations that are influenced by the Earth’s surface. Observations from Earth Networks inform and alert consumers, enterprises and governments around the world, providing them with advanced environmental intelligence for decision making and safety. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps provide millions of consumers with real-time, local weather information and dangerous severe weather alerts. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Earth Networks (www.earthnetworks.com) is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with offices in Mountain View, Calif.; New York, NY; Milan, Italy and a local presence in 50 countries worldwide.

About Radiometrics
Radiometrics Corporation (www.radiometrics.com) is a closely held private corporation based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has pioneered commercial ground-based thermodynamic microwave radiometry for over two decades. With more than 300 microwave radiometers in operation worldwide, the company is the world leader in ground based radiometer product innovation and sales. Rugged, compact, and reliable, Radiometrics thermodynamic profilers observe the boundary layer temperature, humidity and liquid that define local weather. Patented designs ensure optimum long-term, all-weather performance for operational and research applications.