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NOUS41 KRLX 201245  
PNSRLX  
KYZ101>103-105-OHZ066-067-075-076-083>087-VAZ003-004-WVZ005>011-  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV  
845 AM EDT FRI OCT 20 2017  
   
..KRLX 88D RADAR OUTAGE OCTOBER 21-25, 2017 FOR UPGRADE
 
 
THE NWS 88D DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR LOCATED NEAR THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN CHARLESTON, WV WILL NOW BE DOWN FOR  
APPROXIMATELY FOUR DAYS BEGINNING AROUND 9AM EDT THIS SATURDAY,  
OCTOBER 21,2017, FOR TECHNICIANS TO INSTALL AN IMPORTANT  
TECHNOLOGICAL UPGRADE.  
 
DURING THE OUTAGE, RADAR COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE FROM NEARBY NWS  
RADAR SITES AT PITTSBURGH PA (KPBZ), WILMINGTON OH (KILN),  
JACKSON KY (KJKL), MORRISTOWN TN (KMRX), BLACKSBURG VA (KRNK), AND  
STERLING VA (KLWX).  
 
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  
 

 
 
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