National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

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

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Beginning June 1, 2020, the KOKX WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Upton, New York will be down for approximately two weeks for the refurbishment of the pedestal. Technicians will refurbish and replace the pedestal, one of the most critical components of the radar, which is necessary for antenna rotation and position to capture data in all directions. The components are extremely heavy and will require the radome to be removed by crane and replaced when the work is completed. This will help keep the radar operating smoothly for another 20 years.

The pedestal refurbishment is the third major project of the NEXRAD Service Life Extension Program, a series of upgrades that will keep our nation’s radars viable into the 2030’s. NOAA’s 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 and the second project was the refurbishment of the transmitter. The fourth project will be the refurbishment of the equipment shelters. The Service Life Extension Program will be 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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