National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

CONTACT:  Tony Edwards, 304-746-0180            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Beginning April 22, 2021, the KRLX WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Charleston, WV will be down for approximately seven days for the replacement of the generator, fuel tanks, and accompanying components.  This activity is important to support the radar's operation during periods of commercial power outages, specifically when hazardous weather is present.

The generator update is a 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 and the second project was the transmitter refurbishment.  The remaining projects are the refurbishment of the pedestal and equipment shelters.  The Service Life Extension Project will complete in 2023. 

During the downtime, radar coverage is available from adjacent radar sites including:

  • KPBZ - Pittsburgh, PA
  • KILN - Wilmington, OH
  • KJKL - Jackson, KY
  • KMRX - Morristown, TN
  • KFCX - Blacksburg, VA
  • KLWX - Sterling, VA
For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, go to https://radar.weather.gov.  For a radar mosaic loop of the Mid Ohio Valley and Central Appalachians, go to https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/lite/CENTGRLAKES_loop.gif.
 
The KRLX WSR-88D is part of a network of 159 operational radars.  The Radar Operations Center in Norman, OK, provides lifecycle maintenance and support for all WSR-88Ds.