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July 11, 2008
NOAA’s National Weather Service Doppler radar covering Evansville, Ind., will be upgraded to make it compatible with the rest of the agency’s Doppler radar network.
The Doppler radar, near Owensville in Gibson County, will be down for up to two months beginning in early September while technicians upgrade the radar’s software and hardware, but the area will be covered by Weather Service radar from nearby sites. This time period is historically a quiet time for severe thunderstorm and tornado activity in the Evansville area. Technicians will begin work at Owensville on July 10.
After the upgrade, the radar will be able to take advantage of future technology upgrades planned for the rest of the National Weather Service radar network, while reducing operating and maintenance costs.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.