Installation site

The ideal location to mount a weather radar is on a flat area with no obstruction and with easy access. In most cases this location do not exist, and you need to work around challenges like; mountains, buildings, trees or when at offshore - sea clutter.
Depending on the facilities at the installation site, it may be necessary to construct a small tower for the antenna and for the computer equipment.

Furuno may assist in site survey at the potential sites to make sure that you are getting the most out of your weather radar, and for a quick and easy installation.

Site requirements:Power: The weather radar requires 100 VAC / 240 VAC, 10Amp
Internet: Real-time remote access to raw data requires  approx. 100 Mbps.
Safety: Safe distance to emitting antenna is 5.9 m, corresponding to 10 W/m2Antenna unit size: 68 kg, ø 1085mm x 1025mm
Signal processing unit (WR2120): 50 kg, 756 mm x 300 mm x 750 mm
Access to site

System configuration

The Furuno weather radar system consists of three independent parts:A dome which are housing the antenna, the signal processing unit or a junction box (WR110), and the processor which converts the received signals into rainfall images. The equipment must be furnished with stable 230VAC or 110 VAC (option).  Consequently, an internet connection must be available at the installation site. This allows for remote viewing, operation and adjustments of the radar settings. Collected images can be displayed in the included software - RainMap, or used in a 3rd party analytic software.

WR-110 Standard configuration

The single polarimetric radar, WR110, is using the well-proven FAR-3000 SPU board from Furuno’s well-known marina radar systems, guarantying reliable operation at an affordable price. The WR110 is the entry level model for users requiring classic weather radar behaviour (precipitation estimates) using modern technology (solid state).

WR-2120 Standard configuration

The dual polarimetric radar WR2120, requires more processing power than the WR110. All signal processing is placed in a unit which is built to last in though weather conditions.

multi-radar configuration

Multiple-radar Configurations

In most cases you will add more benefits by combining two or more weather radars in a network. Placement of these radars are vital factors if you want to increase the observation range or to achieve high precision measurements for research or special needs.

Multiple-radar demonstration

Furuno WR2120 are located on Aksla mountain inn Aalesund Municipality, and are providing high resolution weather data from its surroundings. The area around Aalesund are high mountains and breathtaking fjords, and is of that reason challenging to cover by itself.  For this demonstration, the Furuno WR2120 are in network with two of Norwegian Meteorological Institute`s radars. This gives not only an increased range, but the radars are helping each other to cover "blind spots" and of course gives an higher precipitation accuracy closer to radars at lower levels.

Multi radar demo

Scan alternatives

Volume scan (HSQ scan)

Volume scan is the most popular scan mode for weather radar.
  • Up to 32 elevation changes available
  • Set observation time interval
  • Ensure total scans, intervals, and return times are less than set time

PPI (Plan Position Indicator)

This scan makes a single, constant elevation, continuous azimuth scan. This scan is used for quick estimation.Example: Use lowest elevation scan, output data as a .jpeg file.

Sector PPI

Used to focus on a particular spatial (3D) area, and provides a faster observation updates.

Example of use cases: When the observation sector is limited eg. in a valley between high mountains.

Sector RHI (Range Height Indicator)

Used for vertical structure focus and provides faster observation updates.

Spatial resolution

Spatial Resolution Example

This is a typical precipitation observed by the WR-2100 which uses similar specification antenna. 2.7 deg. antenna is used and the data step is 0.1 deg., with range resolution at 100m in this example.

Therefore the data pixel size at 50 km will be 87.3 m by 100 m.

The red line indicates 2.7 deg. width, you can see a difference inside of the enlarged beam width window.

The example shows how to use a practical azimuth resolution and which is better than antenna beam width.

Of course the resolution of 2.7 deg. antenna is wider than 1 deg. antenna, however it has high resolution, particularly for shorter range use.