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000 NOUS41 KBOX 151603 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-171615- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 1203 PM EDT Thu Jun 15 2017 ...WEATHER RADAR IN TAUNTON MA GETS UPGRADE... The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton, MA will be down for approximately four days beginning June 19 for technicians to install an important technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D has been scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to the office operations, and will be delayed if hazardous weather is forecast. During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including: Albany, NY (KENX), Gray/Portland, ME (KGYX), Upton/New York, NY (KOKX) and the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) in Weymouth, MA (TBOS). 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, the 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. For further information regarding this upgrade, contact: Michael Esip michael.esip@noaa.gov (508)823-1900 $$ For the latest updates...please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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