Navy forecasters at Patuxent get NEXRAD workstations

Navy forecasters at Patuxent get NEXRAD workstations

Forecasters at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station now can monitor multiple weather and radar data feeds using new weather systems recently installed at their site.

For years, the Maryland forecasters viewed the weather using a single-view dumb terminal linked to two decades-old, refrigerator-sized mainframes.

Last month, technicians from the Next-Generation Weather Radio Radar Operations Center in Norman, Okla., came to Patuxent River and set up a pair of Sun Microsystems 500-MHz UltraSparc workstations.

Forecasters can toggle between 12 screens on the Sun systems to view weather and radar scans.

NEXRAD is a joint program led by the National Weather Service, with the participation of the Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration and Navy.

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