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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Memphis TN
655 PM CST Fri Mar 10 2017

...Weather Radar in Memphis Gets Upgrade...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Memphis, Tennessee, will be down for approximately four
days beginning March 13 for technicians to install an important
technological upgrade.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent
radar sites including Little Rock, AR (KLZK), Paducah, KY (KPAH),
Fort Campbell, KY (KHPX), Columbus AFB, MS (KGWX), Jackson, MS
(KDGX), and the Memphis FAA Terminal Doppler Radar (TMEM).

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.


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