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Remaining Unsettled in the Northwest; Storm Impacting the Northeast

A parade of Pacific storms will bring heavy rain to coastal areas and heavy snow to the mountains of the Northwest U.S. into next week. In the East, a storm will track from the Great Lakes to the Saint Lawrence River into Sunday. This storm is bringing mainly heavy rain to the Northeast, although, some ice is possible on the leading edge with snow wrapping around the back side of the storm. Read More >

Contacts:

Melissa Kreller, Meteorologist In Charge
Melissa.Kreller@noaa.gov, 907-458-3704
 
Edward Plumb, Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Edward.Plumb@noaa.gov, 907-458-3712

 

July 3rd, 2019

Beginning July 8th, the 2019 WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska will experience intermittent outages during the next two weeks for the refurbishment of the transmitter. Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will be replaced with modern fuses and new cables.  This will help keep the 20-year-old radar operating smoothly for another 20 years.

This transmitter update is the second major project 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. The first project was the installation of the new signal processor. The two remaining projects are the refurbishment of the pedestal and equipment shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will complete in 2022.

The Pedro Dome 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 Alaska: https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/alaska.php

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska can be found on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NWSFairbanks/  and twitter @NWSFairbanks.