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NOUS42 KCAE 141821  
PNSCAE  
GAZ040-063>065-077-SCZ015-016-018-020>022-025>031-035>038-041-  
150630-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC  
121 PM EST WED FEB 14 2018  
   
..KCAE SCHEDULED RADAR OUTAGE FEBRUARY 19-23, 2018
 
 
BEGINNING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, THE KCAE WSR-88D RADAR OPERATED BY THE  
NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA, SC WILL BE DOWN FOR  
APPROXIMATELY FIVE DAYS FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF 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 WILL HELP KEEP THE 22 YEAR-OLD RADAR  
OPERATING SMOOTHLY FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS.  
 
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 RADARS INCLUDE:  
KGSP - GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC  
KJGX - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GA  
KCLX - CHARLESTON, SC  
KLTX - WILMINGTON, NC  
TCLT - TERMINAL DOPPLER CHARLOTTE, NC  
 
FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, GO TO THE  
FOLLOWING WEB PAGE: HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/INDEX.HTM  
 
THE KCAE 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.  
 
FOR A RADAR MOSAIC LOOP OF THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES:  
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/RIDGE/CONUS/SOUTHEAST_LOOP.PHP  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA, SC CAN BE FOUND ON  
SOCIAL MEDIA ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AT @NWSCOLUMBIA.  
 
CONTACTS:  
RICHARD OKULSKI, METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE  
RICHARD.OKULSKI@NOAA.GOV, 803-765-5501 X 222  
 
JOHN QUAGLIARIELLO, WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST  
JOHN.QUAGLIARIELLO@NOAA.GOV, 803-765-5501 X 223  
 

 
 
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