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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service SAN JUAN PR
1024 AM AST Fri Jan 13 2017

Weather Radar in San Juan Gets Upgrade

January 13, 2017

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office
in San Juan will be down for approximately 10 days beginning January
17, 2017 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 the Terminal
Doppler Radar TSJU in Punta Salinas. 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 the Federal Aviation Administration. The other service
life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter, 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.

A tentative deployment schedule is available:

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