FREMONT – Next month, the radar at the National Weather Service will undergo a major upgrade, bringing the current equipment down for about three weeks.
Beginning November 11th, the KOAX WSR-88D radar system operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley, NE will be under construction. Technicians will refurbish and replace the pedestal, one of the most critical components of the radar, which is necessary for antenna rotation and positioning to capture data in all directions. The components are extremely heavy and will require the some parts to be moved by crane.
The radar and pedestal were designed to last 25 years, and this radar has exceeded its life-span. Refurbishing these parts will keep the radar functioning for another 20 years or more.
During the downtime, adjacent radars will provide coverage, including: KFSD in Sioux Falls, KDMX in DesMoines, KEAX in Pleasant Hill, KTWX near Topeka, KUEX near Hastings, and KLNX near North Platte. For direct access to any of these surrounding radar sites, visit the following web page: https://radar.weather.gov/ Work on the Valley radar should be complete by December.
The KOAX 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.