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000 NOUS45 KPSR 011818 PNSPSR AZZ534-537>563-020630- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Phoenix AZ 1118 AM MST Thu Apr 1 2021 ...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT... Contacts: Jeral Estupinan, Meteorologist In Charge jeral.estupinan@noaa.gov, 602-275-7002 x222 Jaret Rogers, Warning Coordination Meteorologist jaret.rogers@noaa.gov 602-275-7002 x223 April 1st, 2021 Beginning May 10th, the KIWA WSR-88D radar operated by the National Weather Service Office in Phoenix, Arizona, will be down through May 30th for the refurbishment of the pedestal. The pedestal refurbishment project will replace all fielded antenna pedestals with factory refurbished pedestals. We apologize for any inconvenience. This pedestal refurbishment is part 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. Other completed upgrades in this project include the installation of the new signal processor; refurbishment of the pedestal, transmitter, and the equipment shelters; and replacement of the generator, fuel tanks, and accompanying components. This program provides technology refresh and an overhaul of necessary subsystems to ensure the system can perform reliably for another 20 years. During the downtime, adjacent radars include: TPHX, KFSX, KEMX, and KYUX. For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm The KIWA 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 incorporating neighboring radars, go to the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/ The National Weather Service in Phoenix, Arizona can be found on social media at @NWSPhoenix on both Facebook and Twitter. $$ $$

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