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000 NOUS41 KGYX 031250 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-040100- 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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