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NOUS46 KHNX 010525

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service HANFORD CA
1020 PM PDT Fri Jun 30 2017

...Public Information Statement...

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

Modesto Vasquez

June 30, 2017

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service in Hanford
continues to be out of service due to repairs.  Technicians are on
site and have commenced repairs on the pedestal gear assemblies. The
radar is expected back in service by Monday, July 10th.

While work is being performed on the KHNX WSR-88D during the
outage, other radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites, including KDAX Sacramento, KMUX Monterey, KVBX Vandenberg,
KEYX Edwards AFB.

The crew will also complete installing 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:


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