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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
255 PM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017

...Taunton, MA Doppler Radar Upgrade Has Been Completed...

The technology upgrade to the National Weather Service Doppler Radar
(WSR-88D) in Taunton, MA has been completed ahead of schedule.

The radar is now back in service.

A crew installed a new signal processor, which replaced obsolete
technology, improves processing speed and data quality, provides
added functionality, and supports IT security.

This was 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, the pedestal and equipment

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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