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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1031 AM EDT Sun Jun 18 2017

...WEATHER RADAR IN TAUNTON MA GETS UPGRADE...

The technology upgrade to the National Weather Service radar in
Taunton, MA will be delayed until Tuesday June 20 due to the
possibility of severe weather and flash flooding on Monday June
19.

For more information on this upgrade, see the original details
below.

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Taunton, MA will be down for approximately four days
beginning June 20 for technicians to install an important
technological upgrade.

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

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