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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBUQUERQUE NM 
126 PM MST WED MAR 7 2018

Contact:

Kerry Jones, Warning Coordination Meteorologist 
Kerry.Jones@noaa.gov, 505-244-9150 ext. 223

Beginning Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the Albuquerque WSR-88D radar 
(KABX) operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Albuquerque, 
NM 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 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. 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.

During the downtime, adjacent radars include: KFDX, KHDX, KEPZ, 
KFSX, KGJX and KPUX. For direct access to any of these surrounding 
radar sites, go to the following web page: 
https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

The KABX 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 of South Rockies: 

https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southrockies_loop.php

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque, NM can be found on 
social media at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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