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Beginning Sept 13, 2021 the Pueblo, CO Doppler Radar (KPUX) will be down for two weeks for an important upgrade.  Technicians will refurbish and replace the pedestal, one of the most critical components of the radar, which is necessary for antenna rotation and positioning. The components are extremely heavy and will require the radome to be removed by crane and replaced when the work is complete. 

A video of the process can be viewed below:

During the downtime, adjacent radars will be available, including:  KFTG (Denver, CO), KGLD (Goodland, KS), KDDC (Dodge City, KS), KAMA (Amarillo, TX), KABX (Albuquerque, NM) and KGJX (Grand Junction, CO).  For direct access to any of these surrounding radars visit https://radar.weather.gov

This is the third major refurbishment project of the NEXRAD Service Life Extension Program, which is a series of upgrades that will keep our nation's radars viable into the 2030s.  NOAA's National Weather Service, the United States Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $135 million in the eight year program, which is scheduled to be be completed in 2023.  The KPUX radar 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. 

Thank you for your patience during this upgrade.