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National Weather Service WILMINGTON NC
723 AM EST Tue Feb 19 2019


...The KLTX NWS WSR-88D Doppler radar located in Shallotte, North
Carolina, and serving southeastern North Carolina and northeastern
South Carolina, will be down through approximately Saturday,
February 23rd...

Beginning today Tuesday, February 19, the WSR-88D radar operated
by the NOAA National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC 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 20-year-old radar operating smoothly for
another 20 years.

This transmitter update is the second major project of the NEXRAD
Service Life Extension Program, 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 in the seven year program. The first project was the
installation of the new signal processor. The two remaining
projects are the refurbishment of the pedestal and equipment
shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will complete in

During the downtime, adjacent radars include: KRAX, KMHX, KCAE,
and KCLX. For direct access to any of these surrounding radar
sites, go to the following web page:

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

For a radar mosaic loop of the Southeast United States:

Steve Pfaff, Acting Meteorologist In Charge,
910-762-0524 x222

Reid Hawkins, Science and Operations Officer, 910-762-0524, x224


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