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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
734 AM CDT Sun Oct 14 2018


The National Weather Service (NWS) Birmingham Doppler Radar (KBMX), located
near the Shelby County Airport, is scheduled to be down this week for a
significant, life-extending maintenance on the radar`s transmitter.
The transmitter upgrade is the second major project of the Nexrad
Service Life Extension Program, a series of replacements and
upgrades that will keep our nation`s radars viable into the 2030s.

The Birmingham (KBMX) Radar will be taken off-line starting Monday, October
15th, around 7 AM CDT. Maintenance work on the radar will likely last five
days, with completion on Friday, October 19th. During the downtime, adjacent
radars located in north Alabama (KHTX), northeast Mississippi (KGWX),
and southeast Alabama (KMXX), will be utilized to maintain continuous
weather coverage for central Alabama.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause our users,
but this life-extending maintenance will help keep the radar operating
smoothly for many years to come.

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