The translation from Russian into English
"Izvestiya", July 17, 1980
An Arrow Directed to Zenith
Central High-rise Hydro-meteorological Observatory in Ostankino
has been transferred to the "on duty" mode to service the Olympic
Slender TV-tower reminds a huge arrow directed straight to zenith. Clouds touch
the top of its pole fledged with thin metal constructions.
"We consider the tower as a unique meteorological probe piercing the
near-ground layer of the atmosphere," says A. Kurkovsky, Ph.D., chief
engineer of the Observatory. "With the help of instruments located in
several circles around its trunk we receive the most valuable information
allowing to specify the weather conditions in Moscow, to monitor the cleanness
of the atmosphere, to notify urgently about approaching of strong showers and
thunder storms, strong gusts of wind…"
From a circular balcony located at a breath-taking height metal pole with
instruments doesn't seem to be a small fragile branch attached to the trunk. It
is a stable bar of 10-meter length capable of sustaining a hurricane can be
easily retracted with help of a hand-operated winch. Technician performing
routine inspections or repairing the gauges installed on the poles is equipped
as a high-altitude worker: a protective hard hat, a canvas jacket with a wide
security belt and thick gloves.
"At 10 hours 42 minutes … At the location of 503 meters … Air
temperature is 10.6 degrees, wind speed is 4.8 meters per second, direction of a
wind is north-northeast". This is how the operator deciphered to me the
next portion of digits hourly issued by the teletype, installed in the
meteorological hardware room on the 12 floor of Ostankino TV-tower. Prior to
this a computer using a special program has queried the instruments on all seven
circles, compared the measurements to each other, and highlighted digits on the
Engineer L. Zhuk who was on duty at this shift could verify the data before
transmitting it by an operative data channel to the Hydrometcenter of USSR. In
the future this information along with many other items of information will be
used to create official "Meteorological reports for Olympic objects".
"For the judicial protocols on several kinds of sports," A. Kurkovsky
explained, "the data on the weather conditions and its parameters is
required. In particular, competitions at the rowing channel in Krylatskoe are
served by our specialized meteo station, which has the wide range of measuring
tools connected to each other with 20 kilometers of cable."
Each half an hour the judicial board will receive all necessary information,
down to the data on the water temperature that arrives from the gauge installed
in the channel. Thousands of viewers will see the same numbers on a huge display