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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
915 AM CST Fri Feb 24 2017

...Amarillo Radar Outage Next Week Due to Equipment Upgrade...

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Amarillo will be down for approximately four days
beginning Monday, February 27th 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: Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, Frederick,
Dodge City, Pueblo and Lubbock.

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, 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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