Operational Experience with TDWR/LLWAS-NE Integration at the Dallas, TX International Airport (DFW)
May 13, 2002
At nine major airports, both the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) and Network Extension of the Low-Level Wind shear Advisory System (LLWAS-NE) data will be used to detect and warn Air Traffic Control (ATC) of dangerous wind shear conditions. The integration of wind shear alerts from the two systems is currently being carried out by the TDWR software and will be accomplished by Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) software when the ITWS is installed at these airports. Previous studies of the performance of the TDWR/LLWAS-NE integrated system were carried out at Denver, CO, Dallas, and Orlando, FL. Additionally, there have been recent concerns about false alarms with the LLWAS-NE. In this study, we examine the performance of the integrated system at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) over a 6-month period in 2000 with particular emphasis on integrated wind shear alerts produced during a number of cases where the TDWR had difficulty making detections due to: 1. radially aligned gust fronts over DFW, 2. radially aligned divergent features, divergence behind gust fronts and divergence embedded within gravity waves, and/or 3. TDWR radome attenuation or excessively aggressive clutter residue editing. DFW is a particularly good airport for such a study because there is an additional TDWR [for Dallas Love airport (DAL)] located in close proximity to DFW and situated in such a way that it provides a very good viewing angle for wind shear events that may not be well characterized by the DFW TDWR radial velocity data. DFW is also an ITWS demonstration system test site with trained meteorologists who review the wind shear detection performance after all convective weather events at DFW.