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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
115 PM EST FRI DEC 7 2018

...NWS STERLING 88D RADAR TO BE DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE DECEMBER 
10TH THROUGH 14TH...

BEGINNING MONDAY DECEMBER 10, 2018, THE KLWX WSR-88D RADAR 
LOCATED AND OPERATED BY THE NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING, VA, WILL
BE INOPERATIVE FOR APPROXIMATELY FIVE DAYS TO REFURBISH 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 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 WSR-88D RADARS THAT WILL BE 
PROVIDING WEATHER SURVEILLANCE FOR THE AREA NORMALLY COVERED BY 
THE KLWX WSR-88D INCLUDE: WAKEFIELD VA, BLACKSBURG VA, CHARLESTON 
WV, PITTSBURGH PA, STATE COLLEGE PA, MT. HOLLY NJ, AND DOVER DE. 
FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, GO TO 
THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE: HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/INDEX.HTM. ALSO 
SUPPLEMENTING OUR NETWORK ARE FAA TERMINAL DOPPLER RADARS 
ASSOCIATED WITH WASHINGTON DULLES, REAGAN NATIONAL, JOINT-BASE 
ANDREWS, AND MARSHALL BWI AIRPORTS. 

THE KLWX WSR-88D IS PART OF A NETWORK OF 159 OPERATIONAL WEATHER 
SURVEILLANCE RADARS. THE RADAR OPERATIONS CENTER IN NORMAN, 
OKLAHOMA, PROVIDES LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR ALL WSR- 
88DS.

FOR A RADAR MOSAIC LOOP OF THE NORTHEAST: 
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/CONUS/NORTHEAST.PHP

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE’S BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING, VA CAN BE FOUND ON FACEBOOK AND
TWITTER AT @NWS_BALTWASH.

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