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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
1033 AM CDT Wed Jul 26 2017


...NWS Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell Kentucky (KHPX) radar down July
31st through August 3rd, 2017...

The weather radar at Hopkinsville/Fort Campbell KHPX Kentucky,
used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Paducah
Kentucky will be down from July 31st through August 3rd. Data will
not be available from this radar during this time period.

Radar technicians will installing an important technological
upgrade. The work on the the KHPX WSR-88D (NWS Hopkinsville KY
Doppler radar) has been scheduled to minimize any potential
impacts to the public covered by the NWS Paducah Kentucky County
Warning area, 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), Memphis Tennessee (KMEG),
Springfield, MO (KSGF), and St Louis Missouri (KLSX). Additional
coverage is also available by the Nashville, TN (KOHX),
Indianapolis, Indiana (KIND), and Central Illinois (KILX) radars.

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, pedestal, and
equipment shelters.

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