• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPA4X8OBIBHROVOGQJCQOXOKI
    Media URN:
    VLVADPA4X8OBIBHROVOGQJCQOXOKI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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