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Lifting of radome base for OU-PRIME
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Installation of 8.5-meter dish for OU-PRIME
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Completion of radome for OU-PRIME
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Commissioning of OU-PRIME on April 4, 2009
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OU-PRIME after completion, September 2009

OU-PRIME (Polarimetric Radar for Innovations in Meteorology and Engineering) was an advanced Doppler weather radar. It was completed in January 2009 after a ten-month construction period and commissioned on April 4, 2009. [1] [2] It is operated by the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) at the University of Oklahoma (OU). The radar was manufactured by Enterprise Electronics Corporation to provide OU students and faculty a platform for research and education in the field of radar meteorology. This C-band polarimetric radar has some of the highest resolution data of any C-band weather radar in the United States. [1] [2] [3] [4]


OU-PRIME was struck by lightning on 19 March 2012 around 9:20am local time. Since then, the radar has not been operated due to damage.[ citation needed ]

System characteristics

OU-PRIME, aka OU', is located on the Research Campus of the University of Oklahoma within walking distance of the National Weather Center building. Through a unique design, OU-PRIME can provide real-time time-series data providing opportunities for rapid developments in radar signal processing algorithms. Because of its C-band wavelength and 1 MW transmit power, OU-PRIME is extremely sensitive to clouds with approximately 10 dB more sensitivity over the NEXRAD system (S-band).

Characteristics: [4]

Research and educational pursuits

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  1. 1 2 Advanced Radar Research Center (April 3, 2009). "THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA TO HOLD COMMISSIONING CEREMONY FOR NEWEST RADAR" (pdf). University of Oklahoma . Retrieved 2009-04-15.[ dead link ]
  2. 1 2 Clark Foy (January 2009). "Hi-def radar comes to South Campus". The Oklahoma Daily . Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  3. Bryan Painter (March 7, 2009). "OU-PRIME captures information from February tornado". The Oklahoman Direct. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  4. 1 2 Advanced Radar Research Center. "OU-PRIME" (pdf). University of Oklahoma . Retrieved 2009-04-15.[ dead link ]