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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1245 PM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017

...Public Information Statement...

Weather Radar in State College, Pennsylvania Gets Upgrade

Peter Jung, Warning Coordination Meteorologist ... 814-231-2423

June 21, 2017

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in State College, PA will be down for approximately four days
beginning Saturday, June 24th 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.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites including: Pittsburgh PA, Sterling VA, Binghamton, NY and
Mount Holly, NJ.

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 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, pedestal, and equipment

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.

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