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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA  
255 PM EDT WED JUN 21 2017  
   
..TAUNTON, MA DOPPLER RADAR UPGRADE HAS BEEN COMPLETED
 
 
THE TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR  
(WSR-88D) IN TAUNTON, MA HAS BEEN COMPLETED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.  
 
THE RADAR IS NOW BACK IN SERVICE.  
 
A CREW INSTALLED A NEW SIGNAL PROCESSOR, WHICH REPLACED OBSOLETE  
TECHNOLOGY, IMPROVES PROCESSING SPEED AND DATA QUALITY, PROVIDES  
ADDED FUNCTIONALITY, AND SUPPORTS IT SECURITY.  
 
THIS WAS 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, THE 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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