The FAA Western and Pacific Region (AWP) tasked one of the authors, Dale Bryan, when he was the Siting Meteorologist for the FAA Low Level Windshear Alert System (LLWAS) to assess the problem at RNO. In 1997, he performed a survey and recommended the stretegic placement of four anemometers on or near the airport. AWP then installed a multi-sensor wind system.
This paper will focus on the meteorological premises used to determine anemometer locations and how air traffic controllers at RNO use the anemometer network operationally for air traffic planning and to provide valuable wind information to pilots. It is possible to solve operational problems without resorting to extensive, expensive research programs and formal procurements at the headquarters level.