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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
634 PM EDT Tue Aug 8 2017

...The Hodgdon Maine Radar Remains Down for an Upgrade...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
office in Caribou, Maine will be down until at least Thursday of
this week for technician to install an important technological
upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D has been scheduled to minimize
any potential impacts to office operations. During the outage,
radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including
Gray, Maine (KGYX), Chipman, New Brunswick Province (XNC), Val
D`Irene, Quebec Province (XAM), and Villeroy, Quebec Province
(WVY). A crew will install a new signal processor, which replaces
obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality,
provides added functionality, and supports IT security. This is
the first of four major upgrades, known as life extension
projects, planned in the next five years to replace and refurbish
major components of the 20 year old WSR-88Ds and to keep the
radars operational into the 2030s. The $150M investment is being
made by the three organizations that use these radars, the NOAA
National Weather Service, United States Air Force and Federal
Aviation Administration. The other life extension projects include
refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.
For further information, please contact Donald Dumont via Phone at
207-492-0190 extension 223 or email at


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