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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gray ME
1022 AM EDT Wed Aug 9 2017

...Weather Radar in Gray Maine (KGYX) to be Upgraded...

Hendricus Lulofs (Meteorologist In Charge)

The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast
Office in Gray Maine (KGYX) will be down for approximately four days
beginning August 12th for technicians to install an important
technological upgrade. The work on the WSR-88D has been scheduled to
minimize any potential impacts to office operations.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar
sites including Albany-New York (KENX), Burlington-Vermont (KCXX),
Taunton-Massachusetts (KBOX), and Hodgdon-Maine (KCBW).

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

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