Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
1144 AM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

...Public Information Statement...

Contacts:
Michael Gittinger, Meteorologist In Charge
Mike.Gittinger@noaa.gov, 806-335-1121

July 20, 2017

Beginning Monday, July 24th, the KAMA WSR-88D radar operated by
the NOAA National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas 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 20-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
2022.

During the downtime, adjacent radars that provide coverage to the
region include: Cannon Air Force Base, Lubbock, Frederick, Vance
Airforce Base, Dodge City, and Pueblo. For direct access to any of
these surrounding radar sites, go to the following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

The KAMA WSR-88D 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.

For a radar mosaic loop of the Panhandles:
https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southplains_loop.php

The National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas can be found on
social media at https://www.facebook.com/NWSAmarillo/ and
https://twitter.com/NWSAmarillo

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