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Cheyenne National Weather Service radar will be down, upgrades being made

CHEYENNE, Neb. - The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Cheyenne will be down for approximately five days beginning Monday, October 16. Technicians will be installing a new signal processor, which replaces obsolete technology, improves processing speed and data quality, provides added functionality, and supports IT security. The maintenance has been scheduled to minimize any potential impacts to office operations.

During the outage, radar coverage is available from adjacent National Weather Service radar sites including: Riverton, WY, Rapid City, SD, North Platte, NE, Boulder, CO, and Grand Junction, CO.

This is the first of four major upgrades planned in the next five years to replace and refurbish major components of the 20 year old WSR-88Ds 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 other service life extension projects include refurbishing the transmitter, pedestal, and equipment shelters.

 

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