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NOUS46 KMFR 141548

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Medford OR
848 AM PDT Mon Sep 14 2020


Beginning Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 0700 am, the KMAX WSR-
88D (Mount Ashland Doppler Radar) operated by NOAAs National
Weather Service in Medford, Oregon, will be down for approximately
two weeks for an important upgrade. Technicians will refurbish
and replace the pedestal, one of the most critical components of
the radar, which is necessary for antenna rotation and positioning
to capture data in all directions. The components are extremely
heavy and will require the radome to be removed by crane and
replaced when the work is completed.

The radar and pedestal were designed to last 25 years, and this
radar has exceeded its life-span. This activity is necessary to
keep the radar functioning for another 20 years or more.

The pedestal refurbishment is the third major project of the
NEXRAD Service Life Extension Program, a series of upgrades that
will keep our nations radars viable into the 2030s. NOAAs
National Weather Service, the United States Air Force, and the
Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150 million in the
eight-year program. The first project was the installation of the
new signal processor, and the second project was the refurbishment
of the transmitter. The fourth project will be the refurbishment
of the equipment shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will
be complete in 2023.

During the downtime, adjacent radars will be available including:
KBHX- Eureka CA, KRTX  Portland OR, KPDT - Pendleton OR, KRGX
- Reno NV, and KBBX Beale AFB CA. For direct access to any of
these surrounding radar sites, visit the following web page:

The KMAX 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.

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