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NOUS45 KABQ 072025

126 PM MST WED MAR 7 2018


Kerry Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, 505-244-9150 ext. 223

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the Albuquerque WSR-88D radar
(KABX) operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Albuquerque,
NM 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 2022.

During the downtime, adjacent radars include: KFDX, KHDX, KEPZ,
KFSX, KGJX and KPUX. For direct access to any of these surrounding
radar sites, go to the following web page:

The KABX 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 South Rockies:

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