Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Gaylord, MI

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gaylord MI
108 PM EDT Wed Sep 20 2017

...WFO Gaylord radar to be down for scheduled maintenance September
25-29...

Beginning Monday September 25th, the KAPX WSR-88D radar operated by
the NOAA National Weather Service office in Gaylord, MI will be down
for approximately five days for the refurbishment of the
transmitter.  Although the form, fit, and function of the
transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original
to the radar will be replaced with modern fuses and new cables. This
will help keep the 22-year-old radar operating smoothly for another
20 years.

This transmitter update is the second major project of the NEXRAD
Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), a series of upgrades and
replacements that will keep our nation`s radars viable into the
2030`s.  NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air Force,
and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150 million
into the seven year program.  The first project was the installation
of a new signal processor.  This was completed on the KAPX WSR-88D
in 2016.  The two remaining projects are the refurbishment of the
pedestal and equipment shelters.  The Service Life Extension Program
will complete in 2022.

During the downtime, adjacent radars include the following:

KMQT: Marquette MI
KGRB: Green Bay WI
KGRR: Grand Rapids MI
KDTX: White Lake MI (WFO Detroit/Pontiac)

For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to
the following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

For a radar mosaic loop of the Great Lakes region, go to the
following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/centgrtlakes.php

The KAPX WSR-88D is part of a network of 159 operational radars. The
Radar Operations Center in Norman, OK provides lifecycle management
and support for all WSR-88Ds.

The following individuals may be contacted for additional
information:

Jim Keysor, Acting Meteorologist-In-Charge
E-mail: James.Keysor@noaa.gov   Phone: (989) 731-3384 ext. 726

John Boris, Science and Operations Officer
E-mail: John.Boris@noaa.gov   Phone: (989) 731-3384 ext. 766

The National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI can be found on the web
and social media at the following locations:

Web: weather.gov/gaylord
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NWSGaylord
Twitter: @NWSGaylord

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JPB



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