Guess the Weather Station City and Country

You may have noticed that I have been absent from WUWT for a few days. The stories have been on scheduled automated posting, and the WUWT team of moderators has held down the fort (thank you).

The reason is that I have been traveling on business. While I was traveling I was invited to photograph the weather station at what I think is probably the most visually stunning and technologically advanced meteorology center in the world today:

mystery_weather_station

Can you guess what city and country this is in?

Hints below.

The building in the background has a Doppler radar on top, and is the meteorology HQ for the city. The entire building is just for meteorology and they employ 150 people. The Stevenson Screen in the foreground is where the official temperature record for the city is measured.

Hint: The city is not in the USA, NOAA has nothing like this.

I’ll have a complete report in a few days.

WUWT contributions made this portion of my trip possible, so I owe all of you a big thank you. More to come. – Anthony

UPDATE: well, that was fast. I’ll have more on this in a few days.

WeatherMan

It’s the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory in China.

REPLY: YES, WE HAVE A WINNER

Congrats to “weatherman”! If anyone wants to locate it on Google Earth, and post URL here or lat/lon, it would save me a lot of trouble. I couldn’t take my GPS with me due to concerns at being at a gov installation with one might get me in trouble. Gotta catch a plane, back online in a day or so. – Anthony

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TDooley

Moscow?
REPLY: No Stolyichnaya here

TomT

I’ll take a stab at it. Tokyo?
REPLY: No Godzilla here

John M

Seoul?
REPLY: Nope

Pamela Gray

Could this be a city in Russia? The buildings in the background remind me of the vast concrete apartments built around industrial endeavors to house workers.

mistrz5ncet

Singapore or Hong Kong

Jerry

Great Britain?

Purakanui

Looks awfully like either Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur to me.
REPLY: nope neither

InstaReader

Background reminds me of Singapore.

Bobby Lane

Singapore?

neill

Hong Kong!

David Borth

Hong Kong, China?

Carolyn

Could it be Beijing?
REPLY: could be, but not quite. getting warmer

John Gorter

Singapore
REPLY: nope

Bill McClure

Hong Kong
REPLY: nope, but not a bad guess

rbateman

Toronto, Canada.
REPLY: No Canucks here

Robert Wood

Paris, France

a jones

Sorry to spoil the party but I think you only hold a fort. Holding one down might be a bit difficult: especially if it got a trifle uppity. And I don’t have a clue where it is. Interesting architecture though:sort of thing the French do rather well.
Kindest Regards

Keith Minto

The smog and the background buildings make me think Shanghai.

John Stover

Shanghai, PRC?

Taipei?

Pamela Gray

Tokyo, Japan

Pamela Gray

Taiwan?

WeatherMan

It’s the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory in China.

REPLY: YES, WE HAVE A WINNER

Tom in Florida

Kowloon.

Douglas DC

Shanghai.

Haryo

Frankfurt, Germany.

freespeech

Shanghai

tehdude

hong kong?

Zinovi Golodner

Taipei, Taiwan?

crosspatch

South Korea or Taiwan?

astronmr20

Is this NEMI in South Korea?

eo

Beijing. Close to the fourth ring road

Graeme Rodaughan

Kuala Lumpur

Leon Brozyna

I cheated.
At my last job we had a supplier in Guangdong province in China. Saw plenty of photos from post-visit reports – for the city, try Shenzhen.
REPLY: right, but too late, you came in second. OK gotta catch a plane, back online in a day or so – Anthony

Eleanor Henriksen

Just a wild guess, but I wonder if it’s in the Caribbean…perhaps the Cayman Islands empire in the background?????

AnonyMoose

Looks like it might be on a roof; what might be a roof edge is visible and the surrounding structures have the utilitarian appearance which often exists on unoccupied rooftops. But the same utilitarian appearance is shared by industrial and scientific equipment, so it might simply be due being in a scientific facility. Is there a cooking grille nearby?

Andrew

Could it be Beijing?
REPLY: could be, but not quite. getting warmer

Is it getting warmer due to increased CO2, urban heat island, or smog?

I’m too slow, China was an easy guess for me.

Paddy

It is Dubai.

Anthony, how did you determine specifically it is a ‘Doppler’ (meteorological) RADAR?
There is no indication from the exterior, and not all RADARs in service for meteorological purposes need be ‘doppler’ in nature (although it is a safe bet in this day and age.)
The proper term, if I may, is “meteorological RADAR”, with the modifier ‘Doppler’ if so designed. Popular slang has shortened that to simply ‘Doppler RADAR’, but that doesn’t make it proper or necessarily correct in for cases.
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REPLY: Quite simple, I asked my host, who is a meteorologist there. She and her associate both said that the DOPPLER RADAR had been built in China, using a combination of licensed technology from the USA, and Chinese construction of the radome. I also saw the radar display on LCD screens in the lobby. – Anthony

Little can be found on the technical details of this RADAR, but what I have found (in references to software updates for our (US) network of met. RADARS ) is that it may be a WSR-88D design RADAR.
At any rate, at this link below there may be found an assortment of pictures of the “Shenzhen Meteoralogic Tower” as this webpage puts it:
http://www.citymark.aecom.com/EN/Project_View.asp?PID=12&CID=22&ID=87
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WeatherMan

It is located at N 22° 32.505 E 114° 0.329.

I hate to elaborate on this subject all this, but, suffer me this one last post and I’m done!
I found the Rosetta stone here: www2.inmh.ro/uploads/wsr98d.pdf
To wit:

In 1996, Lockheed Martin, with the China Meteorological Administration, formed a joint venture to produce an affordable, state-of-the-art, full-coherence Doppler Weather radar. The radar would integrate the technology from Lockheed Martin’s [original] WSR-88D performance with advanced technology.
The first NEXRAD WSR-98D radar will be installed in China in 1999. NEXRAD as an S-band radar, provides fully coherent data over its entire operational range. Its high resolution, accurate reflectivity, radial velocity and velocity spectrum width data, when processed by the advanced meteorological algorithms used in the [USA] WSR-88D enables generation of over 70 weather products, designed to meet the meteorologist’s operational and research requirements.
NEXRAD WSR-98D will enable the meteorologist to select from either the manual mode of operation used by most current radars, or the Volume Coverage Pattern mode employed so successfully by the WSR-88D.

rickM

Link to articles about Shenzen and you’ll note that they are seeding clouds there to induce rainfall….hmmmm

Annette Huang

@rickM (19:22:29) :
It shouldn’t be necessary at the moment – it’s been raining since the weekend.

Sunfighter

too easy, its dubai

Carlo

Gotta catch a plane, back online in a day or so. –
Anthony Watts in Around the World in Eighty Days

Neil Jones
Sandy

That ‘weather radar’ seems to be an enormous technology transfer. Surely their military technicians will have taken a copy and been all over it?

Gayle

a jones (16:52:13) :
Sorry to spoil the party but I think you only hold a fort. Holding one down might be a bit difficult: especially if it got a trifle uppity. And I don’t have a clue where it is. Interesting architecture though:sort of thing the French do rather well. Kindest Regards

Hold down the fort is a common American English phrase – comes from Western movies, usually some poor soul is holding down the fort by themselves when the Indians attack.
In everyday idiom it refers to taking care of a place or project while someone else is away – like the moderators taking care of our WUWT while Anthony was away.