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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
1000 AM CST THU FEB 13 2020

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

BEGINNING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020, THE KDFX LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE
BASE WSR-88D RADAR NEAR BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS OPERATED BY THE 
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NOAA’S NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE 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 NATION’S RADARS VIABLE INTO THE 2030S. NOAA’S 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, AND THE 
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION ARE INVESTING 135 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: KSJT, THE SAN ANGELO, TEXAS RADAR, AND KEWX, THE 
NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS RADAR. FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE 
SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE:
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS CAN BE FOUND
ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/NWSSANANTONIO AND 
HTTP://FACEBOOK.COM/NWSSANANTONIO. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS 
PLEASE CONTACT WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST PAUL YURA AT 
PAUL.YURA@NOAA.GOV.

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