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Public Information Statement...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
837 AM CDT Mon Jun 5 2017

...Weather Radar at Maxwell AFB Gets Upgrade Beginning Today...

The KMXX weather radar operated by the National Weather Service
Forecast Office in Birmingham will be down for approximately four
days beginning today, June 5th for technicians to install an
important technological upgrade.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites including (KBMX, KEOX, KFFC).

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 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.

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.

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