Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND
NOUS43 KBIS 111244
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
744 AM CDT Tue Oct 11 2016 /644 AM MDT Tue Oct 11 2016/
...THE BISMARCK WEATHER RADAR WILL REMAIN DOWN FOR AN UPGRADE
THROUGH LATE THIS WEEK...
The Bismarck Doppler radar, KBIS, is currently non-operational in
order to install an important technological upgrade. The radar
will be back to full operational status by mid-day Friday.
Technicians are installing a new signal processor, which replaces
obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality,
and provides added functionality and security. This is the first
of four major upgrades, known as the service 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.
Surrounding National Weather Service radars that can be used
during the outage are KMBX near Minot, KMVX at Mayville, KABR at
Aberdeen, South Dakota, KUDX near Rapid City, South Dakota, and
KGGW at Glasgow, Montana.