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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX  
248 PM CST SUN DEC 10 2017  
   
..KHGX RADAR WILL BE DOWN BETWEEN DECEMBER 11TH AND DECEMBER 15TH
 
 
THE WEATHER RADAR USED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON,  
KHGX, WILL BE DOWN FOR APPROXIMATELY 5 DAYS BETWEEN MONDAY DECEMBER  
11TH AND FRIDAY DECEMBER 15TH.  
 
DURING THE OUTAGE, RADAR COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE FROM ADJACENT RADAR SITES  
INCLUDING KFWS IN FORT WORTH, KGRK IN CENTRAL TEXAS, KEWX IN NEW  
BRAUNFELS, KCRP IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TIAH FOR HOUSTON BUSH  
INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT, THOU FOR HOUSTON HOBBY AIRPORT, KLCH FOR LAKE  
CHARLES, KPOE FOR FORT POLK AND KSHV FOR SHREVEPORT.  
 
TECHNICIANS WILL BE INSTALLING AN IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGICAL UPGRADE. THIS  
INCLUDES A NEW SIGNAL PROCESSOR WHICH IMPROVES PROCESSING SPEED AND DATA  
QUALITY, PROVIDES ADDED FUNCTIONALITY, AND SUPPORTS IT SECURITY.  
 
THIS IS THE FIRST OF FOUR MAJOR UPGRADES, KNOWN AS 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 150 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT IS BEING MADE BY THE THREE  
ORGANIZATIONS THAT USE THESE RADARS: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THE  
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. THE  
OTHER SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROJECTS INCLUDE REFURBISHING THE  
TRANSMITTER, PEDESTAL, AND EQUIPMENT SHELTERS.  
 

 
 
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