I may not exactly understand the technology and it's been 11 plus years since I had cable, but why does this not occur with cable since they are getting most of the signals off satellite as well.
Cable uses the 3.5 to 4 Ghz "C" Band, which has relatively no noticable rain fade when using a dish of 10 - 16'. In fact, when these thunderstorms pop up, thats exactly what I do (assuming the channel I am watching the race/game on is a network channel), I go to the Puerto Rican cable feed for the network, or the main network feed itself using a 6' C band dish, and continue to watch until the storm passes.
Ive read all the posts (I am already using SWM), and while I agree 18Ghz is more attenuated due to raindrops, I also recall that when we had only 101 KU, I had a 36" dish (vs everyone elses 18" dish), and RARELY did I get any signal interruptions. Thats why Im thinking a 1.2M Hawaiian dish might work, since the signal is SO CLOSE to being receivable (close enough the 771 message pops on an off the screen, and the picture pops in and out, pixellates, etc). Its not a complete loss for 15 minutes. Im thinking if I could add about 3db of REAL gain to the LNB, it should eliminate about 75% of my outages.
Thats why I am curious if anyone is USING a Hawaiian dish in the conus right now. Im past theory, and looking for some real world results. FWIW, I have a 1.2M KU dish I could use to experiment with, however, Id need to modify the mount, and Im sure since the dish is a standard offset, I wouldnt be able to tune in more than one satellite at a time, unless I got just REALLY lucky, so I havent tried that yet.