National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Upton, NY WSR-88D (Doppler Radar) Service Life Extension

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Beginning December 3, 2019, the KOKX WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Upton, New York 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 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 include: NWS Albany (KENX), NWS Binghamton (KBGM), NWS Boston (KBOX), and NWS Mount Holly (KDIX).  For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm

The KOKX 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 Northeast:

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

The National Weather Service in Upton, NY can be found online at https://www.weather.gov/okx and on social media

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