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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
1053 AM CDT Tue Aug 1 2017

...NWS Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell Kentucky (KHPX) radar down
August 1st through August 4th, 2017...

The weather radar at Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell Kentucky (KHPX),
used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Paducah
Kentucky, will be down from August 1st through August 4th. Data
will not be available from this radar during this time period.

Radar technicians are installing an important technological
upgrade. The work on the the KHPX WSR-88D (Hopkinsville KY
Doppler radar) has been scheduled to minimize any potential
impacts to the public covered by NWS Paducah Kentucky, as well as
its partners.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites including Paducah Kentucky (KPAH), Owensville Indiana
(KVWX), Louisville Kentucky (KLVX), Nashville, TN (KOHX), and Memphis
Tennessee (KMEG).

A crew is installing a new signal processor, which replaces
obsolete technology. This will improve processing speed and data
quality, provide added functionality, and support 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, pedestal, and
equipment shelters.

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