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000 NOUS41 KOKX 201618 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 202030- Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 1218 PM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017 ...WEATHER RADAR IN UPTON NY GETS UPGRADE... The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Upton, NY will be down for approximately four days beginning June 22 or 23, depending on how soon a similar upgrade at National Weather Service Taunton is completed. Technicians will install an important technological upgrade when the Upton radar is down. This statement will be updated once the date is finalized. During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including: Albany, NY (KENX), Binghamton NY (KBGM), Mt. Holly, NJ (KDIX), Taunton MA (KBOX) and the Terminal Doppler Weather Radars at Newark (Liberty) International Airport (TEWR) and at J F Kennedy International Airport (TJFK). 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 the 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: James Vessalico, Electronic Systems Analyst (631) 205-6100 Or Ross Dickman, Meteorologist-in-Charge (631) 924-0037 ext. 222 $$ For the latest updates, please visit our web page at: You can follow us on Facebook at: You can follow us on Twitter at: @NWSNewYorkNY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.