AquariusRadar Stormwater Abatement
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Snowpack Enhancement This AquariusRadar page will detail the methodology and the research requirements for Stormwater Abatement. Urban flash flooding is becoming the largest single cause of flooding impacting the most people; not because of record rainfall, but because of record pavement and rooftop acerage in the modern urban environment. The AquariusRadar concept research requires state or federal government funding, and as regional flood control is primarily a State and Federal function, the extension to the local municipal function is only natural. The enormous quantity of urban stormwater contributes to the regional flood problem. Urban storm water is especially tainted as it contains herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, asbestos, myriad petro-chemical toxins, pet waste, and many noxious products of the modern urban lifestyle. Moving rainfall that creates storm water to clean storage is the goal. AquariusRadar encourages a joint agreement(s) between the applied physics programs of leading western universities and governmental bodies for grant preparation and application to the ACE and NOAA/NWS for research grants directed by the University prinicpal investigators(PIs). These research projects would employ the radars as shown on the ideal candidates page. Similar existing NASA and DoD radars at continental US locations can provide test facilities for concept studies. This may require large scale funding. The principal aim of research using these radars is to determine the effectiveness and economic viability of the AquariusRadar concept. As mega-cities grow, the stormwater application has added importance. These pages outline several AquariusRadar applications and seeks to spark an interest among all the stakeholders in the water crisis facing modern society. NOAA/NWS
Ideal Candidate Radar AquariusRadar, a modern radar application, can be employed to enhance the water managers role in overall water policy, particularly in cities all over the country. Most larger US cities have huge volumes of stormwater runoff that is of low quality because of the contaminates in the urban environment. AquariusRadar can help relocate a portion of that precipatation to the clean storage area. The NOAA/NWS is not chartered to moderate weather-the US Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) and regional Emergency Management is chartered when lives and property are at risk. While AquariusRadar is not capable of preventing regional flooding, the local water emergency manager working with ACE has the capability to move a large volume of rainfall out of the city to his nearby aquifier or resevoir drainage basin. Many cities are situated with storage areas located outside of the city center. In middle latitudes of the continental US, many frontal rain systems are made up of individual cells that move southwest to northeast as the front progresses in a general southeast direction. Those cities with storage capability to the northwest of the city are in a position to hold off a large fraction of the copius rain over the city center with the AquariusRadar and later allow the moisture to fall in the storage zone. By directing the microwave energy at the base of developing cumulonimbus thunderstorms destined to track over the city center, the amount of rainfall is reduced over the city center and nearby competing storm cells destined to track over the storage zone, gather the available excess cloud moisture and transport it to the rural storage where storm dynamics are still strong and it falls as added rain. Air mass storms are variable in thier direction so that the water manager must be familiar with the best utilization of storage zones all around his city. Needless to say, rainfall in the greenbelt surrounding a city is easier to manage than that falling on pavement. Some large urban areas like Houston would require multiple AcquariusRadars in order to provide citywide coverage. Similar to the stormwater employment, a special case involves the extreme snowpack associated with lake effect snows that is often a severe problem. By re-locating some of the snowfall further inland in a zone of storage, away from the city center, the water manager saves the water and helps alleviate a problem for cities like Buffalo and others surrounding the Great Lakes.
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Hail Suppression UpdateOct 30, 2015 San Antonio and central Texas again flooded by 10 inch downpour. Flooded streets and homes--damage in the 10's of millions. This disaster could have been prevented If Texas Emergency Management had available mobile AquariusRadars to move the storms from of the cities/urban areas to rural storage reservoirs. Any number of governmental agencies could operate the radars with shared costs. Update Feb 2015 Boston buried by record snow- snow piled so high expensive snow melting equipment used to help remove snow. Millions in costs. Aquariusradar could have moved the snow showers to Massachusetts Bay. Learn more about water transport and weather moderation by a powerful radar in NW Florida.
Radar Rain Shadow Update May 2015--Houston Texas is once again under water! The Houston EMS flounders about unable to alleviate the suffering. Why not investigate weather moderation to avoid the catastrophic flood in the future? The US Army Corp of Engineers controls the flow of great rivers for the common good. How is that different from weather moderation for the common good? Is a citizen complaining about his ancestral property being flooded by a lake created by a river flood control dam somehow different than a downwind citizen complaining about weather moderation to prevent urban flooding? Invest in research now for huge savings in the future! Update July 31, 2016--Devastating urban flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland. If ACE or Maryland EMS had operated Aquariusradar on threatening storms, the excess rainfall could have been transported to adjoining storage/drainage basins.
Gulf of Mexico Operations Aug 30, 2017: While incapable of tempering the powerful Hurricane Harvey that struck the Texas area, the AquariusRadar could alleviate the destruction on a local area, providing some measure of local protection for urban areas, agricultural land, and key drainage basins. Operating upon raincells in thier earliest developement phase over the Gulf of Mexico will lessen the amount of rainfall immediately downwind at the coast. Some of the excess water could be transported from crowded urban areas for later capture in nearby greenbelts with storage capability built especially to handle the increased volume of water during flood periods. Scientists with funds to study flooding and drought putter about studying if perhaps distant planets have water, as the star of Texas drowns in massive floods. Move the funding and technology of flood control now to alleviate the future catastrophic disaster like Harvey! Update Jan 10, 2018 - Catastrophic landslides and mudflows in Montecito, California Santa Barbara County could have been alleviated by mobile AquariusRadars reducing the devastating rainfall and reduced the loss of life and property. The Army Corp of Engineers and California EMS were aware of the mudslide danger well in advance.Very similar to the Washington state disaster in 2014.
Frequent Questions Mobile AquariusRadar(s) stationed around the Louisville, Ky area could have helped alleviate the city flooding of early Aug. 2009. Now April 2015- Louisville once again flooded- will EM ever take advantage of modern technology?
Localized mudslides in Southern California coastal communities could have been minimized by the existing powerful DoD radars operating in the AquariusRadar mode from the Channel Islands. Apr 2013- Houston Texas is underwater again. No charge presentations for Texas water managers: contact Houston EMS where are you? Aquariusradar could move rainfall from downtown to the agricultural fields northwest of the city. NASA where are you? Billions expended on the Discovery of (liquid) water on Mars; can you help us here on earth?
Operating upon all stages of cloud developement is termed the negative mode and can decrease the rainfall in an urban flooding situation. Update Nov. 2013...The City of Austin, Tx is flooded by "training" thunderstorms- losses will total millions. Using NWS watch boxes for guidance, AquariusRadar could have moved the damaging rains out of city center to the Hill Country/ Edwards aquifer. Emergency Management is chartered to moderate local severe weather when life and property are at stake!
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Aug 2017 Houstin, Tx once again flooded. If Houston EMS operated Aquariusradar to move the flooding rains from the city center to the greenbelt Northwest of the City, the city rainfall pattern would begin to look like this- drier conditions in the City center and abundant rain in the Greenbelt. Excess water is sold to West Texas to help with costs of operation. Houston rainfall pattern map with Aquariusradar operations. Flooding rains are transferred to the greenbelt storage area.