The WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Springfield will be down for approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter, starting on Monday.
The form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, and old breakers and cables original to the radar will be replaced with modern fuses and new cables. This will help keep the 20-year-old radar operating smoothly for another 20 years, according to NOAA Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve Runnels.
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 2030s. NOAA National Weather Service, the United States Air Force, and the Federal Aviation Administration are investing $150 million in the seven year program, according to Runnels. 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: Pleasant Hill, MO (EAX), Topeka, KS (TWX), Wichita, KS (ICT), Tulsa, OK (INX), Fort Smith (SRX), Little Rock, AR (LZK), Memphis, MO (NQA), Paducah, KY (PAH), and St Louis, MO (LSX). For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, individuals can visit the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/index.htm.
The WSR-88D is part of a network of 159 operational radars. The Radar Operations Center provides lifecycle management and support for all WSR-88Ds in Norman, Oklahoma.
For a radar mosaic loop of all surrounding sites covering the radar coverage region go to: https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/uppermissvly_loop.php or https://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/southmissvly_loop.php