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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT
112 PM MDT Wed Oct 12 2016

The Cedar City (KICX) Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler (WSR-
88D) will be out of service for approximately five days beginning
Monday, October 17 while technicians install an important
technological upgrade. This period of downtime has been scheduled to
minimize any potential impacts to customers and partners. National
Weather Service technicians will install a new signal processor.
This new processor will replace obsolete technology, improve
processing speed and data quality, and also provide
added functionality and security.

During the outage, radar coverage will be available from adjacent
WSR-88D sites including Salt Lake City (KMTX), Grand Junction(KGJX),
Flagstaff (KFSX), and Las Vegas (KESX).  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 $150 million investment is being made by the three
organizations that manage these radars, NOAA`s 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.  It
is estimated it will take about 10 months to upgrade the signal
processor on all 159 operational WSR-88Ds.

The WSR-88D in Salt Lake City (KMTX) is scheduled to undergo
the first of the four upgrades by the summer of 2017.

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