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Public Information Statement...CORRECTED
National Weather Service HANFORD CA
431 PM PDT Sat Jun 17 2017

...Public Information Statement...

...Weather Radar in San Joaquin Valley Gets Upgrade...

Contact:
Modesto Vasquez
modesto.vasquez@noaa.gov

June 17, 2017

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Hanford will be down for approximately four days
beginning Monday June 19, 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 adjacent
radar sites, including KMUX Monterey, KVBX Vandenberg, KEYX
Edwards AFB.

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 150 million dollar
investment is being made by the three organizations that use these
radars, NOAA`s 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.

A tentative deployment schedule is available at:
http;//www.roc.noaa.gov/PublicDocs/SLEP/ECP0437SigProcSLEPDeploySched.pdf

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Vasquez


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