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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA  
711 AM PDT MON JUN 24 2019  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
 
...BEALE AIR FORCE BASE WEATHER RADAR OUTAGE FOR HEAVY MAINTENANCE  
WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019...  
 
THE BEALE AIR FORCE BASE WEATHER RADAR LOCATED NEAR OROVILLE, CA (KBBX)  
WILL BE DOWN FOR APPROXIMATELY FOUR DAYS BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 24 AT  
APPROXIMATELY 8 A.M. PDT. THE RADAR IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE  
U.S. AIR FORCE AND IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE DOPPLER RADAR NETWORK.  
 
THE MAINTENANCE WORK MUST BE PERFORMED TO KEEP THE RADAR OPERATING FAR  
INTO THE FUTURE. THE RADAR IS MAINTAINED ON A REGULAR BASIS BY AIR FORCE  
TECHNICIANS. THIS MAINTENANCE WORK IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE PROJECT  
TO EXTEND THE SERVICE LIKE OF ALL 159 DOPPLER WEATHER RADARS (WSR-88DS)  
WHICH WERE DESIGNED IN THE 1980S AND INSTALLED IN THE 1990S.  
 
BECAUSE OF THE LARGE SCOPE OF THE WORK, ONCE THE MAINTENANCE BEGINS,  
THE RADAR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE RESTARTED UNTIL THE PROJECT HAS BEEN  
COMPLETED. THE WORK SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY 4 P.M. PDT, FRIDAY JUNE 30,  
BUT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE WORK MAY FINISH A LITTLE EARLIER.  
 
THE SCHEDULE FOR THIS MAINTENANCE WAS CHOSEN BASED ON WHEN THE IMPACT  
OF HAVING THE RADAR DOWN WOULD BE LEAST DISRUPTIVE. DURING THE OUTAGE,  
NEIGHBORING RADARS AT DAVIS, CA (KDAX), EUREKA (KBHX), HANFORD (KHNX),  
MONTEREY (KMUX), AND RENO (KRGX) WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE COVERAGE OVER  
PARTS OF THE AREA SERVED BY THE BEALE AIR FORCE BASE RADAR.  
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT MAY BE REFERRED TO DAN KEETON,  
METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE, BY PHONE AT 916-979-3041 OR BY EMAIL AT  
DAN.KEETON@NOAA.GOV.  
 

 
 
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