Mobile weather radar to map Hawaii's skies for three weeksUPDATED 6:07 PM HST Oct 27, 2013Video Transcript
A vehicle driving around Oahu over the next three weeks will have it's eyes on the skies. Chief meteorologist Justin Fujioka has more this mobile weather radar. This is what generates all those colors we see on a weather radar map. It's one of four fixed Doppler sites across Hawaii. They send out pulses of energy that bounce off objects, like raindrops... telling us the size and shape of them and how hard they're falling, along with wind direction and speed. This vehicle gets that information from anywhere... even blind spots the fixed radars cannot see. It's a Doppler on Wheels... and it's in Hawaii for the first time. Michael Bell: "SO WE'RE GOING TO TAKE IT AROUND THE ISLAND TO MANY DIFFERENT SITES AND LOOK AT WEATHER ON THE WINDWARD SIDE AND THE LEEWARD SIDE AND TRY AND GET A GOOD HANDLE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN HAWAII." It's one of just three worldwide... and on Oahu for three weeks. Not just for scientists, but also for students and children to learn more about radars. Michael Bell: "THEY GIVE US A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE TYPE OF RAINFALL, THE WIND, ALSO NAVIGATION INFORMATION. SO, SOMETIMES THE TRUCK HAS TO GET AWAY FROM BAD WEATHER AND SO THAT INFORMATION IS ALSO THERE." Michael Bell: "IT'S A VERY HIGH- TECH RADAR. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE HERE PERMANENTLY." Me too.