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NOUS41 KOKX 011212  
PNSOKX  
CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-  
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY  
812 AM EDT MON JUN 1 2020  
   
..KOKX WSR-88D RADAR WILL BE DOWN FOR PEDESTAL REFURBISHMENT
 
 
UPTON, NY WSR-88D (DOPPLER RADAR) SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION  
 
BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2020, THE KOKX WSR-88D RADAR OPERATED BY THE NOAA  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON, NEW YORK WILL BE DOWN FOR APPROXIMATELY  
TWO WEEKS FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE PEDESTAL. TECHNICIANS WILL REFURBISH  
AND REPLACE THE PEDESTAL, ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF THE  
RADAR, WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR ANTENNA ROTATION AND POSITION TO  
CAPTURE DATA IN ALL DIRECTIONS. THE COMPONENTS ARE EXTREMELY HEAVY  
AND WILL REQUIRE THE RADOME TO BE REMOVED BY CRANE AND REPLACED WHEN  
THE WORK IS COMPLETED. THIS WILL HELP KEEP THE RADAR OPERATING  
SMOOTHLY FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS.  
 
THE PEDESTAL REFURBISHMENT IS THE THIRD MAJOR PROJECT OF THE NEXRAD  
SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM, A SERIES OF UPGRADES THAT WILL KEEP  
OUR NATION'S RADARS VIABLE INTO THE 2030'S. NOAA'S 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  
AND THE SECOND PROJECT WAS THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE TRANSMITTER. THE  
FOURTH PROJECT WILL BE THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE EQUIPMENT SHELTERS.  
THE SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM WILL BE COMPLETE IN 2022.  
 
DURING THE DOWNTIME, ADJACENT RADARS INCLUDE: NWS ALBANY (KENX), NWS  
BINGHAMTON (KBGM), NWS BOSTON (KBOX), AND NWS MOUNT HOLLY (KDIX).  
FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ANY OF THESE SURROUNDING RADAR SITES, GO TO THE  
FOLLOWING WEB PAGE: HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/INDEX.HTM  
 
THE KOKX 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 NORTHEAST:  
 
HTTPS://RADAR.WEATHER.GOV/RIDGE/CONUS/NORTHEAST_LOOP.PHP  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON, NY CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT  
HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OKX AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  
 
FACEBOOK AT HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSNEWYORKNY  
 
TWITTER AT HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/NWSNEWYORKNY  
 

 
 
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