NWS Omaha/Valley Radar to be Repaired Starting May 17th

On March 22nd, a severe hail storm produced damage at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Valley.  The hail and wind damaged about 25 panels to the radome protecting the WSR-88D Doppler Radar.  These panels will be replaced during the time period of May 17 to May 24.  The radar will be “released” to the repair team only when weather in the area allows for the radar to be shut down.  If all goes well, repairs will be completed in 7 to 9 days.  Sorry for the inconvenience of this repair.  But it is necessary and needs to be done as soon as possible. If we took another direct hit from a similar storm to the March 22nd one, it would is possible that some of the radome panels could fail allowing water to enter the unit and possibly cause damage to the radar and pedestal.

If you have any questions regarding the repair, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at 402-359-5166, X726 or by email at

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