The Mayville Weather Radar will undergo repairs during the second half of February, resulting in a two-week outage, the National Weather Service announced Thursday, Feb. 11. The outage will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16, and during that time, neighboring radars in Minot, Bismarck, Aberdeen, S.D., Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., will help provide coverage for the region.
The Mayville Radar is expected to be operational by the spring-summer convective season, according to Greg Gust, NWS Grand Forks' warning coordination meteorologist.
The radar has exceeded its 25-year lifespan, and repairs will ensure the radar continues to run for another 20, according to NWS statement. The equipment will be removed by a crane and technicians will refurbish the pedestal, which is necessary for antenna rotation and positioning to capture data in all directions.
The pedestal refurbishment is the third major project of the NEXRAD Service Life Extension Program, a $135 million, eight-year program which aims to ensure the nation's radars are viable into the 2030s and beyond, according to the release. The program will end in 2023.
For direct access to any of the surrounding radars during the Mayville Radar outage, visit https://radar.weather.gov.