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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1140 AM CDT Wed Aug 2 2017 /1040 AM MDT Wed Aug 2 2017/

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Contacts:
Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist In Charge
Larry.Ruthi@noaa.gov, 620-225-6514

Jeff Hutton, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Jeff.Hutton@noaa.gov, 620-225-6514

Aaron Johnson, Science and Operations Officer
Aaron.Johnson@noaa.gov, 620-225-6514

August 2, 2017

Beginning August 7, the KDDC WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA
National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kansas will be down for
approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter.
Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will
remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar
will be replaced with modern fuses and new cables. This will help
keep the 25-year-old radar operating smoothly for another 20
years.

This transmitter update is the second major project of the NEXRAD
Service Life Extension Program, a series of upgrades and
replacements that will keep our nation`s radars viable into the
2030`s. NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air
Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150
million in the seven year program. The first project was the
installation of the new signal processor. The two remaining
projects are the refurbishment of the pedestal and equipment
shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will complete in
2022.

During the downtime, adjacent radars can be used to examine the
atmosphere in southwest Kansas. These include KGLD, KVNX, KICT,
KGID and KAMA. For direct access to any of these surrounding radar
sites, go to the following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm.

The KDDC WSR-88D is part of a network of 159 operational radars.
The Radar Operations Center in Norman, Oklahoma, provides
lifecycle management and support for all WSR-88Ds.

For a radar mosaic loop of the central and northern plains, see:

https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/uppermissvly.php

The National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kansas can be found
on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NWSDodgeCity and
https://twitter.com/NWSDodgeCity.

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