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Unsettled Weather In the West; Above Average Temperatures in the Central U.S.

A relatively quiet stretch of weather is expected across much of the Continental U.S. with the exception of the West Coast where rain and higher elevation snow will impact the Northwest and northern California through Tuesday. A critical fire weather risk is expected in Kansas and elevated in the surrounding areas. Record high temperatures are possible across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Read More >

Beginning August 7, the KDDC WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kansas will be down for approximately five days 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 25-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. During the downtime, adjacent radars can be used to examine the atmosphere in southwest Kansas. These include KGLD, KVNX, KICT, KGID and KAMA. For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm. The KDDC 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 central and northern plains, see: https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/uppermissvly.php The National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kansas can be found on social media at https://www.facebook.com/NWSDodgeCity and https://twitter.com/NWSDodgeCity.