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CHILL National Weather Radar Facility

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The CSU-CHILL Radar Facility  (Colorado State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The CHILL National Weather Radar Facility, located in Greeley, Colorado, is an advanced, transportable weather radar system. The facility is operated by Colorado State University under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The facility’s moniker resulted when the names of the institutions that first proposed its creation, the University of Chicago and the Illinois State Water Survey, were combined. The CHILL radar is operated and maintained as a national facility to support NSF-funded science proposals, largely for the study of hydrometeor classification, evolution of storm systems and the study of storm microphysics.

Education & Outreach

One of the facility’s goals is to support educational interests. This includes a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, supporting classroom activities for undergraduate- and graduate-level Atmospheric Science and Engineering programs, remote demonstrations and virtual radar tours, field trips to the radar site, and remote data access. In addition, student research activities are conducted at the CHILL site.

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  • Image from an NSF-funded radar facility.
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