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The KDTX Doppler weather radar, used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Detroit/Pontiac, will be down for extended maintenance with a return to service expected by Thursday, May 27. The outage is for installation of a new backup power generator and refurbishment of the generator building. 

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including TDTW - Detroit, KGRR - Grand Rapids, KIWX - North Webster, KAPX - Gaylord, and KCLE - Cleveland.

This is the third of four major upgrades, known as service life extension projects (SLEPs), being completed between 2017 and 2022 to replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year old WSR-88D and to keep the radars operational into the 2030s. The $150M investment is being made by the three organizations that use these radars: the NOAA National Weather Service, United States Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration. The final SLEP includes the pedestal refurbishment, which is planned to be completed in January 2022.

For more information on the SLEP projects, visit this website provide by the Radar Operations Center: https://www.roc.noaa.gov/WSR88D/SLEP/SLEP.aspx