RadarScope: Okinawa Japan Radar Now Available

November 21, 2017 by Daphne Thompson
Topics:   RadarScope |

RadarScope 3.6 has been released and includes a few new radars. After Puerto Rico lost its radars during Hurricane Maria, it acquired two new temporary ones, TJBQ and TJRV. Our Korean radars now have level 3 products. And you can also view all data from RODN, located in Okinawa, Japan. 

Kadena Air Base is considered the largest and most active US Air Force base located in the Far East. Once a small airfield, it was seized during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. It was again heavily used during the Korean War. Weather here is tracked by the 18th Operations Support Squadron

Location of Kadena Air Base

It took me a little while, but I was able to find RODN on the base, not far from the tower. They are not unfamiliar with severe weather, specifically typhoons. You can check out the various levels of preparedness they go through for the aircraft and personnel at this link.  

Image of KODN

Super Typhoon Talim and Lan, Cat 4 storms, both made close calls to Okinawa in 2017. During the coming typhoon season, you can expect to see some interesting imagery available from RODN. 

RODN Radar in Okinawa

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Daphne Thompson

Daphne is the Content Marketing Manager. Her prior experience includes working at the National Weather Center, Norman Emergency Management, and National Weather Service. With a degree in Meteorology from OU and previous outreach experience, she is able to bridge the gap between science and the general public.