The Canadian Weather Radar Network

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Canadian weather radar network consists of 31 weather radars spanning Canada's most populated regions.

Primarily the purpose is the early detection of precipitation, its motion and the threat it poses to life and property.

Environment and Climate Change Canada received the funding from the Treasury Board in 2011 to undergo a major modernization project called 'WES (Weather and Environmental Services) Renewal' to upgrade to dual polarization all Canadian Radars in two separate five year plans.

Complete network stabilization and systemic problems resolution were also part of this major effort by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The first five years concentrated on the upgrading and stablilizing the existing radars. Then all Canadian weather radars will be replaced with a dual polarization S-band radar between 2017 and 2023. 



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