Thursday, 5 May 2016
Have you ever wondered where the radar station that shows all the rain for the far North-West of the British Isles is? Or perhaps pondered on the guidance systems which help aircraft find their way over the North of the earth when travelling from the UK to Canada and the US? Highly unlikely I would have thought. However quite a few people have asked me what the 'funny objects' on top of the ridge across the valley from me are.
The details of the Met Office weather radar network and more can be found here. However what most people see in practice is the results on the weather forecasts on television. This is the graphic from the Met Office website referred to above.
The aircraft navigation aid is much less likely to feature on television or make its presence felt at all but every time I fly North I will think about the part this piece of equipment plays in that journey.