The National Weather Service announced that the radar near Evansville, Indiana is currently down for upgrades, and there's a really good reason why!

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The National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States Government that works to help keep citizens safe with up-to-date and accurate weather information. The NWS has local weather forecast offices (or WFOs) all across the country that are responsible for tracking weather and issuing things like watches and warnings.

The local WFOs are responsible for issuing advisories, warnings, statements, and short term forecasts for their local county warning area including the public, media, emergency management, aviation community, and other customers 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to keep the public safe from weather hazards. More specifically, forecasters prepare graphical and digital forecasts, issue warnings, watches, and advisories, aviation forecasts, and river forecasts and warnings.

 

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Our Local National Weather Service Office

For the Tri-State area, our local National Weather Service office is the forecast office out of Paducah, Kentucky. This is the reason whenever we see warnings in our area they will say the "National Weather Service of Paducah has issued a warning for the following counties..."   While the weather monitoring won't stop, the National Weather Service Paducah did share that the radar near Evansville is currently down as it undergoes maintenance.

Major Upgrades to Evansville Area Radar

The NWS Paducah Kentucky Facebook page shared that major updates are coming to the Evansville area radar, but during the updates, the radar will be down.

Our radar located near Evansville, Indiana, is currently down for a major upgrade. Technicians are replacing the pedestal, which keeps the radar spinning. Seamless operations will continue during the upgrade, as NWS Forecasters are specially trained to use other resources such as surrounding radars, satellite data, and ground observations.
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The post says the radar will be out of service for approximately 2 weeks and will not be able to come back online for any reason during the upgrade.  This upgrade will help make sure the radar will operate well into the 2030s.  They said radars in different surrounding areas will be providing additional coverage for our area as well.  The good news is that while the radar is down, we don't have to worry! The NWS is still diligently keeping an eye on local weather conditions even though the radar in our area is down.

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