Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Mobile, AL
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...NWS Mobile, AL Weather Radar Will Get Major Upgrade...
The weather radar in Mobile, AL will be down for approximately four
days beginning tomorrow (Saturday, 15 April 2017) for technicians to
install an important technological upgrade. It is anticipated the
outage will last into Tuesday of next week.
The work on the WSR-88D has been scheduled so as to minimize any
potential impacts to office operations.
During the outage, radar coverage is available from six adjacent
radar sites including, Slidell, LA, Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL,
Maxwell AFB (Montgomery, AL), Ft. Rucker (Enterprise, AL) and Eglin
AFB (Red Bay, FL).
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 over 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
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.
Jeffrey M. Medlin,