National Weather Service Upgrades Doppler Radar

Data from the National Weather Service Doppler radar in Goodland, Kansas will be unavailable from February 20 through February 24 due to scheduled system upgrades. A team of radar technicians from Norman, Oklahoma will install new equipment starting at 800 am MST Monday, February 20. The radar is expected to be back in full service by 500 pm MST Friday, February 24.

The radar improvements being made in Goodland are part of a national effort to modernize the National Weather Service network of Doppler radars. During the scheduled outage, radar experts will install new hardware and software at the transmitter, which will ultimately improve radar performance.  Although Doppler radar software has become more sophisticated and display capabilities have steadily improved during the past decade, this is the first time that major changes are being made at the transmitter. The new radar components are part of a modular design which will make it easier to implement future system upgrades. This will also pave the way for the next advancements in radar technology.

During the radar outage, users can view Doppler radar data from surrounding network radars located at Boulder and Pueblo in Colorado, Dodge City, Wichita and Topeka in Kansas, and North Platte and Hastings in Nebraska .  Late February was chosen to implement this upgrade so the improvements will be in place for the upcoming severe thunderstorm season.

If you have any questions please contact Scott Mentzer, Meteorologist-In-Charge, or David Floyd, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at 785-899-7119. 

 

 

 

 



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