Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1140 AM CDT Wed Aug 2 2017 /1040 AM MDT Wed Aug 2 2017/


Beginning August 7, the KDDC WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA
National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kansas will be down for
approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter.
Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain
the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will be
replaced with modern fuses and new cables. This will help keep the
25-year-old radar operating smoothly for another 20 years.

This transmitter update is the second major project of the NEXRAD
Service Life Extension Program, a series of upgrades and
replacements that will keep our nation`s radars viable into the
2030`s. NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air
Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150
million in the seven year program. The first project was the
installation of the new signal processor. The two remaining
projects are the refurbishment of the pedestal and equipment
shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will complete in

During the downtime, adjacent radars will be used to examine the
atmosphere in southwest Kansas, and watches and warnings will be
issued by the Dodge City National Weather Service as usual.


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