Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Upton, NY

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
1218 PM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017


The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Upton, NY will be down for approximately four days
beginning June 22 or 23, depending on how soon a similar upgrade
at National Weather Service Taunton is completed. Technicians will
install an important technological upgrade when the Upton radar
is down. This statement will be updated once the date is

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites including: Albany, NY (KENX), Binghamton NY (KBGM), Mt.
Holly, NJ (KDIX), Taunton MA (KBOX) and the Terminal Doppler
Weather Radars at Newark (Liberty) International Airport (TEWR)
and at J F Kennedy International Airport (TJFK).

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 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. 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 service life
extension projects include refurbishing: the transmitter, the
pedestal and equipment shelters.

The tri-agency Radar Operations Center, which supports the radars,
estimates it will take about 10 months to upgrade the signal
processor on all 159 operational WSR-88Ds.

For further information regarding this upgrade, contact:

James Vessalico, Electronic Systems Analyst
(631) 205-6100


Ross Dickman, Meteorologist-in-Charge
(631) 924-0037 ext. 222


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