ASR-9 Weather Systems Processor (WSP): wind shear algorithms performance assessment
Under Federal Aviation Administration sponsorship, Lincoln Laboratory has developed a prototype Airport Surveillance Radar Weather Systems Processor (ASR-WSP). This prototype has been used for field measurements and operational demonstrations since 1987. Measurements so acquired provide an extensive database for development and validation of the algorithms used by the WSP to generate operational wind shear information for Air Traffic Controllers. In this paper we assess the performance of the current versions of the WSP's microburst and gust front wind shear detection algorithms on data from each of the locations at which our prototype system has operated. Evaluation of the associated environmental characteristics (e.g., storm structure, radar ground clutter environment) allows for generalization of these results to the major U.S. climatic regimes where the production version of WSP will be deployed.