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Issued by NWS Greer, SC

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1156 AM EDT Thu Apr 13 2017

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC RADAR
SCHEDULED FOR UPGRADE DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 17, 2017...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Greer, SC (KGSP) will be down for up to four days during
the week of April 17, 2017. Technicians will install an important
technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D radar 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 Columbia, SC (KCAE), Peachtree City, GA (KFFC),
Morristown, TN (KMRX), Blacksburg, VA (KFCX), and Raleigh, NC
(KRAX), as well as the terminal doppler radar at Charlotte, NC
(TCLT).

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 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.

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