Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
751 PM EDT Sat May 12 2018

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Beginning May 14, 2018, the WSR-88D radar operated by NOAA`s
National Weather Service in Hodgdon, Maine 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 2nd 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`s National Weather Service, the United States
Airforce, 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 be complete in
2022.

During the downtime, adjacent radars include: Gray, Maine (KGYX),
Chipman, New Brunswick (XNC), Val D`Irene, Quebec (XAM), and
Villeroy, Quebec (WVY). For access to any of these surrounding
radars, please go to the following web pages:

https://radar.weather.gov/
https://weather.gc.ca/radar/

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

For radar mosaic loop of the Northeast Region go to:

https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/northeast.php (US Radar only)
https://mrms.nssl.noaa.gov/ (US and Canada Radars)

The National Weather Service in Caribou, ME can be found on social
media at:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSCaribou and
https://twitter.com/nwscaribou

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CB



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