P580-M Doppler radar station unveiled in Catanduanes

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[/caption] The unveiling of the P580-million radar facility coincided with the inauguration of the Solong and Hitoma 1 Hydroelectric Power Plants in the province. Operating Pagasa?s new Doppler radar station in Catanduanes is expected to mitigate the impact of devastating typhoons in the country as the weather bureau effectively predicts incoming typhoons. Catanduanes?s weather station is the first of three Doppler radars being built in the Philippines using the new Solid-State Meteorological Radar System (SSMRS) technology developed in Japan. The radar station in Catanduanes is said to be the first facility in the world to use solid state technology. The facility will complement two other SSMRS Doppler radar systems being completed in Guiuan, Samar province, and Aparri, Cagayan province The whole project, amounting to P1.7 billion, is funded by grant aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Through the new radar station, the bureau could also conduct more extensive weather monitoring, effectively measure rainfall, gauge destructive winds, and transmit and analyze information in real time. Pagasa could also detect localized thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Bicol region as well as predict possible flooding and landslides. The project replaces the existing Virac, Aparri ,and Guiuan metereological radar system. It also established the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) connecting the Meteorological Radar Station and the National Forecasting Center.]]>

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