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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1203 PM EDT Thu Jun 15 2017


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


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