National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

 

Last updated: Wednesday, Sept. 20th

 

The KPUX WSR-88D Doppler radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Pueblo, CO will be down through the end of September for the repair of a major mechanical component.

An engineering team from the Radar Operations Center (ROC) in Norman, Oklahoma, determined that the bull gear, the primary gear for turning the radar antenna, has failed.

The engineering team began work on the radar Tuesday morning.

This repair will require 12,000 to 15,000 pounds of equipment and a six-person team from the ROC to restore the radar.

 

Click the link below for more information on the replacement of the bull gear.

http://www.weather.gov/pub/bullgear

 

During the downtime, utilize adjacent NWS supporting radars 

The Pueblo, CO WSR-88D is 22 years old and part of a network of 159 operational radars. The radars are supported by three federal agencies: NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Radar Operations Center provides lifecycle management and support for all WSR-88Ds.

For a radar mosaic loop for the region:

https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/northrockies.php

This statement will be frequently updated when new information is received on the radar's status.