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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ  
1118 AM MST THU APR 1 2021  
   
..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 
 
CONTACTS: JERAL ESTUPINAN, METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE  
JERAL.ESTUPINAN@NOAA.GOV, 602-275-7002 X222  
 
JARET ROGERS, WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST  
JARET.ROGERS@NOAA.GOV 602-275-7002 X223  
 
APRIL 1ST, 2021  
 
BEGINNING MAY 10TH, THE KIWA WSR-88D RADAR OPERATED BY THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA, WILL BE DOWN THROUGH MAY  
30TH FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE PEDESTAL. THE PEDESTAL REFURBISHMENT  
PROJECT WILL REPLACE ALL FIELDED ANTENNA PEDESTALS WITH FACTORY REFURBISHED  
PEDESTALS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.  
 
THIS PEDESTAL REFURBISHMENT IS PART 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. OTHER COMPLETED UPGRADES IN  
THIS PROJECT INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW SIGNAL PROCESSOR;  
REFURBISHMENT OF THE PEDESTAL, TRANSMITTER, AND THE EQUIPMENT  
SHELTERS; AND REPLACEMENT OF THE GENERATOR, FUEL TANKS, AND  
ACCOMPANYING COMPONENTS. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES TECHNOLOGY REFRESH  
AND AN OVERHAUL OF NECESSARY SUBSYSTEMS TO ENSURE THE SYSTEM CAN  
PERFORM RELIABLY FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS.  
 
DURING THE DOWNTIME, ADJACENT RADARS INCLUDE: TPHX, KFSX, KEMX, AND  
KYUX. FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, GO  
TO THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE:  
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/INDEX.HTM  
 
THE KIWA 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 INCORPORATING NEIGHBORING RADARS, GO TO THE  
FOLLOWING WEB PAGE:  
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA CAN BE FOUND ON SOCIAL  
MEDIA AT @NWSPHOENIX ON BOTH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.  
 

 
 

 
 
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