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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Columbia SC
121 PM EST Wed Feb 14 2018

...KCAE Scheduled Radar Outage February 19-23, 2018...

Beginning Monday, February 19, the KCAE WSR-88D radar operated by the
NOAA National Weather Service in Columbia, SC 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 22 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 include:
KGSP - Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
KJGX - Robins Air Force Base, GA
KCLX - Charleston, SC
KLTX - Wilmington, NC
TCLT - Terminal Doppler Charlotte, NC

For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to the
following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

The KCAE 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 southeastern states:
https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southeast_loop.php

The National Weather Service in Columbia, SC can be found on
social media on Facebook and Twitter at @NWSColumbia.

Contacts:
Richard Okulski, Meteorologist-In-Charge
Richard.Okulski@noaa.gov, 803-765-5501 x 222

John Quagliariello, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
John.Quagliariello@noaa.gov, 803-765-5501 x 223

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