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000 NOUS41 KCTP 241416 PNSCTP PAZ004>006-010>012-017>019-024>028-033>037-041-042-045-046-049>053- 056>059-063>066-261800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service State College PA 1015 AM EDT Sat Jun 24 2017 ...Public Information Statement... Weather Radar in State College, Pennsylvania Gets Upgrade Contact: Peter Jung, Warning Coordination Meteorologist ... 814-231-2423 June 24, 2017 The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in State College, PA will be down for approximately four days beginning Saturday, June 24th 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: Pittsburgh PA, Sterling VA, Binghamton, NY and Mount Holly, NJ. 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, 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. $$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.