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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gray ME
850 AM EDT Thu May 3 2018

...Gray`s Weather Radar (KGYX) Will Be Offline For Upgrades The
Week Of May 7th...

Beginning May 7th, the KGYX WSR-88D radar located in Gray,
Maine and operated by the NOAA/National Weather Service Office in
Gray 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 nations radars viable into the 2030s. NOAA`s
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.

The KGYX 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.

During the downtime, adjacent radars including: Taunton, MA
(KBOX), Caribou, ME (KCBW), and Burlington, VT (KCXX) will
provide coverage for the region. For direct access to any of these
surrounding radar sites, go to the following web page:
https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

We apologize for any inconvenience that the non-availability of
radar data from the KGYX 88D will cause.

$$

ARNOTT



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