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WSR-3 Radar

A view of the hook echo associated with the Meriden, Kansas, 
tornado. Observed by the Topeka Weather Bureau WSR-3 radar. 1831 CST May 
19, 1960.

At the time of the Flint-Beecher tornado, there was no weather radar network in existence. The first weather radar in Southeast Michigan was a Weather Surveillance Radar (WSR)-3 radar, a surplus Navy 3 cm radar. This radar, installed at Metro Airport, was commissioned on May 15, 1957. An example of the resolution of the WSR-3 radar is shown in this picture.


A view of the hook echo associated with the Meriden, Kansas, tornado. Observed by the Topeka Weather Bureau WSR-3 radar. 1831 CST May 19, 1960.
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