What do the 5 meteorological radars that do not work lack?

What do the 5 meteorological radars that do not work lack?
What do the 5 meteorological radars that do not work lack?

Greece has bought (with public money) 7 radars. The 2 are working. What was revealed by the report of ANT1 and the clarification of the director of EMY, Thodoris Kolidas.

As we reach the middle of November and we are still walking around in short sleeves, o weather seems to be changing.

To ‘adjust’ slightly to the season.

Her manager EMY, Thodoris Kolydas to clarify that no extreme phenomena are foreseen.

If you are keeping a small basket, as the forecasts are sometimes far from reality, it is useful to remember two things:

a) weather forecasting involves the application of science and technology to ‘decode’ atmospheric conditions at a given location and time.

b) even the owners of the most advanced and technologically advanced systems sometimes “fall out”.

Something to do with the chaotic nature of the atmosphere and the error always involved in measuring initial conditions.

You see, there are no records and no records from when Earth exists.

“Radars are one of the EMY’s ‘tools'”

Among the technological tools used by meteorologists are meteorological radars.

In Greece there are 7.

2 work.

Before we move on to Manos Frangioudakis’ report on his “Arena” show ANT1with the Maria Anastasopoulouwe will convey what Mr. Kolidas told us.

We called him for a clarification related to the information, as to where the EMY derives data, where the radars are inactive.

“I want to make it clear that the world is not unprotected. He can and should trust EMY.

In addition to radars, there are other sources from which useful and competent information is drawn, always with the aim of informing the world in time.

“Meteorological radars are about now casting. That is, what will happen in 1 to 5 hours from now.”

Inactive radars prevent us from knowing how much hail will fall and which area will be most affected by it

The warning of what will come from today to tomorrow or in five hours is possible, thanks to other ‘tools’, first and foremost the satellites.

We do our job quite well, based on it experienceof of knowledgeof satellites which I repeat is the main part. Among many others, there are models weather that we have developed”.

The following is a related post he made on X.

How many radars do we have on paper and how many in practice

As mentioned in the report of the show “Arena”, in 2004 Greece bought meteorological radars and paid for the installation and maintenance of infrastructure, which would help the EMY in forecasting (not predicting) weather phenomena.

In 2023, out of the 7 radars that the country has, 2 will be operational.

Of the 5 inactive, some never worked.

The areas they cover (or should cover) are

  • her Andravidas that works,
  • of Actiounear Preveza which covers both Epirus and the North Ionian, which does not work,
  • her Larisathat works,
  • her Thessaloniki -which ‘grabs’ a very large area, but doesn’t always work,
  • her Kavala which also covers the northeastern parts of the country,
  • of Hymettou which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t,
  • her Aegina that didn’t work

A meteorological radar was installed in Astypalaia in 2004.

It never worked.

The president of the Civil Protection Volunteers Association of the island, Giorgos Giannoulis, explained that “on August 28, 2006, the radar was essentially burned – only the ‘mushroom’ was saved.” A few days later it was to be handed over to the General Air Staff.”

Since then there has been no development.

Weather radar located in Canada.



As Mr. Kolidas told Maria Anastasopoulou, all 7 radars purchased with public money never worked together.

Most of those that are inactive today ceased to operate in 2010.

In 2016, some procedures were initiated and that of Ymittos “who caught the bad weather of Mandra” was made.

The reason had to do, first of all, “with some failures that occurred, from some materials whose spare parts are no longer on the market.

Meanwhile, we are talking about a system that was designed 20 years ago.”

Does the whole situation remind you of anything?

It’s no accident.

It is the Greek reality.

The unexpected authority to which EMY belongs

The EMY is subordinate to the General Aviation Staff.

He does that repeatedly competitions for supply materials meteorological radars and maintenance of those that operate.

Characteristically, evidence was presented of one who became the May 2021for the amount of 1,698,006.40 euros and another of his May of 2022worth 251,786.96 euros.

Mr. Kolydas emphasized that in order for the EMY to have all the ‘tools’ it needs for the proper prevention of the weather, “there must be all the infrastructure and the corresponding system that will immediately notify the world, so that it receives the information”.

When asked if the existing radars ‘caught’ the bad weather Daniel, the director of EMY answered the following:

“Two or three days before Daniel’s arrival, the repairs had been completed and the particular radar was working, which had been inactive for some months.”

Yes, it happened to work again a few days before Daniel.

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In Macedonia and Thrace, where the EMY radars do not work, the service draws data from private radars or those of Bulgaria.

The supervisor of the meteorological station of Nea Peramos Kavala and a farmer, Giorgos Zoulios characteristically told ANT1 that “a good ‘tool’, which, however, few have access to is the Weather Radar.

It also covers our area, however it is a private company. Through cooperation with ELGA (Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization) it provides air protection.

“EMY should provide data to Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. What happens is that our area is ‘blind’. For ten years they have been saying that a radar will be installed.”

Consider that the area is covered by the Bulgarian radar and through it we see what phase a storm is in”.


You have already read that EMY belongs to Ministry of Defense. Apart from the surprise caused by this fact, it also creates a practical problem.

As Mr. Kolydas said “the EMF could much more easily find resources to deal with the very high costs of all its infrastructure through the Department of Climate Change than through the Department of Defence.

There is a long way to go before meteorological data can come under a common database, as there are many collaborating agencies that have data.

Is EMYthe National Observatorythe Ministry Georgiathe Ministry Environment.

However, they do not use the same format.

The comments are there, but they haven’t been consolidated.”

As in most other cases related to the biggest problems of this country: the maze of the ‘function’ was, is and apparently will be a brake.

Watch the Arena report.

The article is in Greek

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