AquariusRadar-- A Water Management Tool
Radar Rain Shadow Effect
Amelia Earhart Mystery A powerful radar in Northwest Florida creates a rain shadow. Walton county received an average 60+ inches over an 8 year span. Bordering county Holmes recieved but half that amount. Jackson County and Washington County received significantly less than the area average. Such disparity is only encountered in the mountainous West where high peaks and ridges create rain shadows. There is no difference in terrain, elevation, vegetative cover, or soil make-up in these NW Florida Counties. There is no meterological explanation for this huge difference. Operating continuously without regard to cloud formation, the radar's energy strikes developing clouds and they are arrested early. Moisture that would have been lofted to great heights, pulling in more moist air in the process, is lost. Hence downwind counties Holmes, Washington, and Jackson are much drier.
Microwave energy is a new form of weather modification difficult for many to understand. However, there is evidence of the heating effect and resulting changes in the local rainfall. No radars operate in the AquariusRadar mode that provides the purposeful and beneficial results discussed on the other pages. However, radars are operating for other tasks and the effect on local weather can be documented. This restricted case study documents the changes to local rainfall created by a powerful radar in south Walton County of NorthWest Florida that dutifully scans the skies 24/7 365 days a year.
Test Proposal for Georgia and Florida The primary purpose of the AcquariusRadar pages is to encourage those with access to funding, primarily through research grant(s), to bring this hydrology concept to real operation. Initial research and testing may be the domain of government or universities, but future operation will most certainly be developed and contracted by private enterprise. One of the difficulties will be convincing skeptics of the economic viability of such an effort. First and foremost, researchers must be shown some solid evidence that microwave energy can be a force in local weather modification. This page presents a brief study of an area effected by the rainshadow created by continuous operation upon developing rain clouds by a powerful radar. As was noted on the Cloud Seeding page, Project Whitetop resulted in reduced precipitation over the downwind area of operation because radars were employed continuously to track and record cloud formation and rainfall. The continuous operation, as explained on the Hydrology Concept page, acts to curtail rainfall. The positive operation in the AquariusRadar mode depends upon proper timing, allowing Mother Nature to loft moisture to great heights and then operating to slow the late stages of developement and/or accelerate the mature/dissapation stage, in order to transport water. The rainshadow example is a negative mode. For the AquariusRadar, the negative mode is valuable only in the stormwater abatement case.
Stormwater Abatement The powerful radar is located in southern Walton county. The eastern boundry of Walton is common to the western boundry of Holmes and Washington counties. Prevailing storm tracks are SSW to ENE, placing Holmes county directly downwind. For the 8 year period from 2001 to 2008, a dramatic decline is noted in the rainfall reported by the Florida Department of Forestry between the recording stations of Walton and Holmes counties. A significant change is noted in Washington and Jackson counties as well. As the distance from the radar increases and the microwave intensity decreases, the rainfall amounts increase back towards normal. Bay, Calhoun and Gulf county rainfall amounts progressively increase to the levels of the upwind Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Clouds and water vapor destined for the dry counties have maximum exposure to the microwave energy; towering clouds can't form or maintain developement; moisture is not pulled into the area. The radar rain shadow is formed. This is an invitation for water managers and weather experts at the state and federal agencies to do armchair research using the radar in Northwest Florida as a model for inadverdant weather modification. Observation data is available at NOAA NWS WSR88 Red Bay (EVX) and nearby Mobile and Tallahassee. Rainfall records for the area are at Florida Department of Forestry and at CoCoRAHS. The data available at NW Florida Water Conservation District will prove invaluable in any rainfall study as well. Update: Jan 2011-- The past year rainfall was normal for Walton and Okaloosa counties; each had about 60+ inches. In the radar rainshadow however, downwind counties Holmes, Bay, and Jackson recieved 30-35% less. The last half of the year was much drier with only 14 " in Holmes and Seminole county in far SW Georgia with only 18". Mitigation of the powerful radar's impact would be implemented by simple software changes that map water bearing storms destined for the dry counties and cause the radar to "skip" over those storms. This mitigation would not seriously jeopardize the radar's defense mission. See the test proposal page.
Cloud Seeding Augmentation
Hail Suppression A closer look at the individual rainfall reporting stations provides a more detailed look at the radar rainshadow available at the page link to the right. Current rainfall maps are available at the Jackson County rainfall link at the left margin. Radar Rain Shadow Map available only from this page>
Rain Shadow Map
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Jackson County Rainfall 2011 Visit the Test Proposal page for Georgia and Florida available at the page link in the left margin. Restore the Chattahoochee/Flint/Apalachicola basin!!!