Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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Public Information Statement...corrected
National Weather Service Paducah, KY
1149 AM CDT Wed Apr 18 2018


The KPAH WSR-88D Doppler Radar operated by the NOAA National
Weather Service in Paducah, KY will be down for a little over 3
weeks for the repair of a major mechanical component.

An engineering team from the Radar Operations Center (ROC) in
Norman, Oklahoma, determined that the bull gear, the primary gear
for turning the radar antenna, has failed. This repair will
require 12,000 to 15,000 pounds of equipment and a six-person team
from the ROC to restore the radar. At this time, the team
anticipates repairs being completed during the next couple of
weeks, with the radar being returned to service by May 11th.

During the downtime, adjacent NWS supporting radars include:
Springfield, MO (KSGF), St. Louis, MO (KLSX), Lincoln, IL (KILX),
Indianapolis, IN (KIND), Louisville, KY (KLVX), Evansville, IN
(KVWX), Fort Campbell, KY (KHPX), Nashville, TN (KOHX), Memphis, TN
(KNQA), and Little Rock, AR (KLZK).

The Paducah, KY WSR-88D is 23 years old and part of a network of
159 operational radars. The radars are supported by three federal
agencies: NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force,
and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Radar Operations
Center provides lifecycle management and support for all WSR-88Ds.

For a radar mosaic loop for the region:

This statement will be updated when new information is received on
radar status.

Beverly Poole
Meteorologist In Charge

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