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On Monday December 9th, the radar will be out of service for the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) refurbishment of the transmitter chassis and other electronic parts.  Data from KFTG will be unavailable through Friday, December 13th.

NWS Boulder will be using data from surrounding radars including: Cheyenne, WY; North Platte, NE; Goodland,KS; Pueblo, CO; Grand Junction, CO. The office will also be monitoring the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) located near DIA (TDEN). 

This transmitter update is second to last project for our radar KFTG that is associated with the NEXRAD SLEP.  The SLEP is a series of upgrades and replacements that will keep our nation’s radars viable into the 2030’s. The KFTG WSR-88D is part of a network of 159 operational radars, which were designed and installed during the late 1980s into early 1990s. The Radar Operations Center in Norman, Oklahoma, provides lifecycle management and support for all WSR-88Ds. NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150 million in the seven year program.  Previous SLEP projects at KFTG have included the installation of a new signal processor, and refurbishment of the equipment shelters.  KFTG is due to have it's pedastal unit replaced, but the date for that has not been finalized.  That outage will last up to two weeks.

The Service Life Extension Program will be completed on all radars nationwide in 2023. For more information on the SLEP, visit here.

The backside of a WSR-88D dish