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Weather radar in Moon to go offline for technical upgrades

Matthew Santoni
| Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:51 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Moon will take its weather radar offline for most of the week to make technical upgrades.
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service in Moon will take its weather radar offline for most of the week to make technical upgrades.

The National Weather Service in Moon has shut down its weather radar for technical upgrades this week but should still be able to watch Pittsburgh-area weather using overlapping coverage from neighboring radar installations, officials said.

The radar, located at the NWS office off Shafer Road in Moon, went offline Monday for an estimated four-day installation of a new signal processor, said Warning Coordination Meteorologist Fred McMullen.

The upgrade will improve the radar system's processing speed and data quality and, along with three future upgrades, should extend the 22-year-old system's service life into the 2030s, he said.

During the downtime, forecasters in Pittsburgh will use software that averages radar data from nearby radar sites, including in Cleveland and Wilmington in Ohio; Charleston, W.Va.; State College; and the FAA's Pittsburgh Terminal Doppler Radar in Beaver County, McMullen said.

“Thankfully, over the next couple of days when it's down, we don't expect any severe storms,” McMullen said.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, or via Twitter @msantoni.

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