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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX
820 PM CST Sat Jan 27 2018

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Beginning Monday, January 29, 2018, the KEWX WSR-88D Doppler weather
radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office
Austin/San Antonio in New Braunfels, Texas will be down for
approximately four days in order for technicians to install an
important technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D has been
scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to office operations and
will be delayed if hazardous weather is forecast.

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 NEXRAD Service
Life Extension Program (SLEP), planned in the next four years to
replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year-old WSR-88Ds
and to keep the radars operational into the 2030s. The $150 million
investment is being made by the three organizations that use these
radars, the NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air
Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. The other service
life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter,
pedestal, and equipment shelters.

During the downtime, weather radar coverage will be available from
adjacent radar sites including: KDFX WSR-88D Laughlin AFB radar
located near Brackettville, TX, KGRK WSR-88D Central Texas radar
located near Granger, TX, and KCRP WSR-88D the Corpus Christi, TX
radar.

For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to the
following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov

For a radar mosaic loop of the South Plains Sector, go to the
following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southplains_loop.php

The KEWX WSR-88D in New Braunfels, TX is part of a network of 159
operational radars. The Radar Operations Center in Norman, Oklahoma,
provides lifecycle management and support for
all WSR-88Ds.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio located in New
Braunfels, Texas can be found on social media at Facebook, Twitter,
and YouTube.

Contacts:
Joe Arellano, Meteorologist In Charge
joe.arellano@noaa.gov
(830) 310-3119

Paul Yura, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
paul.yura@noaa.gov
(830) 310-3158

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