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Crane removes Inexperienced Bay NWS radar radome for upkeep

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – The National Weather Service (NWS) radar in Green Bay (KRGB) is offline for scheduled maintenance until August 15.

On Thursday, a crane lifted the large ball known as the radome from the tower. It resembles a massive volleyball. But much harder.

Technicians renovate and replace the base. It is an essential tool for rotating and collecting weather data in all directions.

According to the National Weather Service, the radar and base are designed for a service life of around 25 years, and this has exceeded its service life. It was installed in the mid-1990s.

The radome is off the tower and on the ground! It’s easy to forget how big the dome is just looking at it from the ground! The maintenance of the radar base will continue until next week! #wiwx pic.twitter.com/KG5OCbG8Ix

– NWS Green Bay (@NWSGreenBay) August 6, 2020

The KGRB WSR-88D radar is operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Green Bay. Maintenance extends the life of the radar by around 20 years.

While KGRB is offline, weather monitors can use Milwaukee (KMKX), Marquette (KMQT), La Crosse (KARX), Twin Cities / Chanhassen (KMPX), and Duluth (KDLH).

FULL LIST OF NWS RADAR LOCATIONS: https://radar.weather.gov/

PINPOINT DIGITAL DOPPLER: https://www.wbay.com/weather/radar/

FIRST ALARM WEATHER APP: https://www.wbay.com/page/get-our-weather-apps/

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