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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
1101 AM PDT MON JUL 13 2020

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT - KMUX RADAR OUTAGE...

BEGINNING JULY 13, 2020, KMUX WSR-88D RADAR OPERATED BY THE NOAA 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO/MONTEREY BAY AREA WILL BE 
DOWN FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS FOR PEDESTAL REPLACEMENT. 
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 INCLUDE: KBHX,KDAX,KHNX,KVBX. FOR
DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, GO TO THE 
FOLLOWING WEB PAGE: HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/INDEX.HTM

THE KMUX 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. THE RADAR 
OPERATIONS CENTER HAS INFORMATION VIDEOS LISTED HERE 
HTTPS://WWW.ROC.NOAA.GOV/WSR88D/SLEP/SLEP.ASPX 

FOR A RADAR MOSAIC LOOP OF THE REGION:  
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/RIDGE/CONUS/PACSOUTHWEST_LOOP.PHP   

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO/MONTEREY BAY AREA CAN
BE FOUND ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT @NWSBAYAREA

CONTACTS:
CYNTHIA PALMER, METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE
CYNTHIA.PALMER@NOAA.GOV, 831-656-1710

BRIAN GARCIA, WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
BRIAN.GARCIA@NOAA.GOV, 831-656-1710

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