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NOUS41 KCTP 211645  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA  
1245 PM EDT WED JUN 21 2017  
   
..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 
 
WEATHER RADAR IN STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA GETS UPGRADE  
 
CONTACT:  
PETER JUNG, WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST  
PETER.JUNG@NOAA.GOV ... 814-231-2423  
 
JUNE 21, 2017  
 
THE WEATHER RADAR USED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST  
OFFICE IN STATE COLLEGE, PA WILL BE DOWN FOR APPROXIMATELY FOUR DAYS  
BEGINNING SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH FOR TECHNICIANS TO INSTALL AN  
IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL UPGRADE. THE WORK ON THE WSR-88D HAS BEEN  
SCHEDULED TO MINIMIZE ANY POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO OFFICE OPERATIONS AND  
WILL BE DELAYED IF HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS FORECAST.  
 
DURING THE OUTAGE, RADAR COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE FROM ADJACENT RADAR  
SITES INCLUDING: PITTSBURGH PA, STERLING VA, BINGHAMTON, NY AND  
MOUNT HOLLY, NJ.  
 
A CREW WILL INSTALL A NEW SIGNAL PROCESSOR, WHICH REPLACES OBSOLETE  
TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVES PROCESSING SPEED AND DATA QUALITY, PROVIDES  
ADDED FUNCTIONALITY, AND SUPPORTS IT SECURITY.  
 
THIS IS THE FIRST OF FOUR MAJOR UPGRADES, KNOWN AS SERVICE LIFE  
EXTENSION PROJECTS, PLANNED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO REPLACE AND  
REFURBISH MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE 20 YEAR OLD WSR-88DS AND TO KEEP  
THE RADARS OPERATIONAL INTO THE 2030S. THE $150M INVESTMENT IS BEING  
MADE BY THE THREE ORGANIZATIONS THAT USE THESE RADARS, THE NOAA  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND FEDERAL  
AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. THE OTHER SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROJECTS  
INCLUDE REFURBISHING THE TRANSMITTER, PEDESTAL, AND EQUIPMENT  
SHELTERS.  
 
THE TRI-AGENCY RADAR OPERATIONS CENTER, WHICH SUPPORTS THE RADARS,  
ESTIMATES IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO UPGRADE THE SIGNAL  
PROCESSOR ON ALL 159 OPERATIONAL WSR-88DS.  
 

 
 
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