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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
953 AM EDT Wed Oct 18 2017

...KRLX 88D Radar Outage October 23-27, 2017 for Upgrade...

The NWS 88D Doppler weather radar located near the National Weather
Service office in Charleston, WV will be down for approximately four
days beginning around 9am EDT this Monday, October 23,2017, for
technicians to install an important technological upgrade.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from nearby NWS radar
sites at Pittsburgh PA (KPBZ), Wilmington OH (KILN), Jackson KY
(KJKL), Morristown TN (KMRX), Blacksburg VA (KRNK), and Sterling VA

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, Department of Defense and Federal Aviation
Administration.  The other service life extension projects include
refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.

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