Ground-based radar on a 7500 series International
Workstar Truck. Doppler on Wheels (or DOW) is a fleet of X-band radar trucks maintained by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colorado. This truck (one of a few existing) is used to look inside a storm cell to see what's happening inside. With the doppler radar the meteorologists can determine windspeeds, storm movement, detect a possible tornado or rotation, the intensity of the stormcell and much more. The yellow pod is a mobile weather station which can be deployed in the storm's path. If you wanna see the real stuff, take a look at http://www.cswr.org/ . And if you're interested in watching the former rig I built a couple years ago, feel free: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/312509 Wow, what progress XD
Yeah I could build firetrucks all day long but wanted to do something new and since my old DOW needed a major update I decided to build a new one. Thank you very much for your really nice comment Alexander! :)
Yeah I was really surprised how bad my first try looked compared to this new one. New parts from Lego and lot of improvement over the years made it possible. Thank you very much for your very nice comment :)
And now it's motorized ;) https://www.flickr.com/photos/147079914@N03/42662905735/in/dateposted/ Jimmie my brother, thank you so very much for your lovely comment. As always I highly appreciate it. We wish you and Jill a beautiful rest of the weekend and send back much love, hugs and greets to you both. Take care my brother and thank you again very much!
This model is as impressive as the storms the real rig is designed to chase and investigate. Not one detail is missing, it is quite simply as good as it can get. 100/100 to my brother and his lady in Germany. BOAJDTAP once again. Hugs, Greets and much love from Jill and I in NC. Jimmie
Yes, weather is my other hobby right after Lego building. Always fascinated by severe weather and it's phenomena. Yeah, was watching every episode of the show. Now I consume my weather stuff via youtube. There are lots of documentaries, severe weather/tornado coverage and other weather related videos available. Thank you very much for your really nice comment my friend. Very much appreciated! :)
Hahaha, that's a pretty nice compliment. And you're the first American who is using the metric system to explain the distances to me ;) Kudos! Yeah sometimes weather and it's phenomena can be really strange. We live in an area where thunderstorms are mostly not really severe. But we had a couple weak tornados the last years. If you go through my Flickr stuff, you'll see some pics of one I spotted 2km away from our home.
I'd wager that you know much more about US weather than most Americans. We're just south of Denver, so maybe 15-20 km farther east from the mountain front than Chatfield. My house seems to be in a corridor where storms are stronger than in adjacent areas to the north and south. No correlation with mountain topography to our west, so no clue as to why that would be.
That's a pretty interesting background info! So let me guess, you live somewhere near chatfield lake? XD I know more about the weather in the US than you expect. Usually monitor the yearly tornado season via NOAA/SPC. Also use the radarscope app (which many professional stormchasers use as well) and follow the storm activity when there is a slight, enhanced, moderate or high risk predicted. Here in Germany we experience the same weather from spring to fall. Thunderstorms are very common, they can be really severe with large hail, flash floods and sometimes a tornado. But we don't experience so many supercell thunderstorms like you in the US. We had a "gully washer" a couple weeks ago which resulted in many flooded basements. The largest hailstone in Germany was something around 140 mm in diameter. I'm always speechless when I watch videos of hailstorms in the US. Last impressive and very destructive one I was watching happened in Cullman AL. Thank you very much for taking your time to leave this very interesting info and pretty kind comment. I'm glad you like the truck so much. Have a great start into the weekend my friend! Greets, Sven
Fantastic model, my friend! Especially like the body sculpting. CSWR is about ~30 km north of my house, and we're lucky to have them! During the Colorado monsoon (July-September), we get late afternoon-evening thunderstorms almost daily. The bigger ones are often called "gully-washers". Officially "severe" storms come our area (the "Front Range") every 1-3 weeks on average. Hailstones over 10 mm in diameter are common in gully-washers. Since moving to the Denver area in 2000, the record hailstone in our own yard is ~60 mm. Had to replace the roof due to hail in 2014. Fortunately, most of the tornados strike the high plains to our east. Are thunderstorms common in your part of Europe? Just last month, I got caught in a gully-washer on bicycle in Valencia, Spain.
Hey Loek my friend, absolutely no problem. I understand that completely. But it's always great to hear/read from you! Wish you all the best and really hope that you get more freetime for Lego in the future. Stay safe and take care Loek. Best regards from Germany. Btw, was in the Netherlands a couple weeks ago. In Roermond and Eindhoven. Had much fun there ;)
Hey Sven, this looks great as always. Love the little details! Sorry for dropping by so rarely, these days I'm really quite busy and not much time left for LEGO :( but I can still view amazing models from you and other builders :) Stay safe, and best regards from the Netherlands!