Rafał Lewandowski, an employee of Poland’s Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW), was there when the meteorological radar in Legionowo near Warsaw went up 20 years ago. Since then, Mr. Lewandowski has built his life around protecting citizens from extreme weather occurrences. He lives with his family just beside the radar tower in a forested area on the outskirts of the city and supervises the work of the radar, taking the 50-meter climb to the top of the radar tower every day.
“The location is good, and the necessary services are close, although my older daughter would like to have her friends closer,” says Mr. Lewandowski.
The Legionowo radar is one of eight meteorological Doppler radars scattered across Poland that observe the atmosphere to produce accurate forecasts and warn against potentially dangerous extreme weather occurrences such as torrential rain, storms, or hail. Combined, the radars form the POLRAD system, which is a key element of meteorological protection in Poland. Each radar can detect precipitation within a radius of 250 kilometers and wind within a radius of 125 kilometers.