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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
615 PM EST TUE NOV 27 2012

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO INCREASE HEIGHT OF THE MELBOURNE
DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR...

TO AVOID A PARTIAL BEAM BLOCKAGE DUE TO NEW HANGAR CONSTRUCTION AT
THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WILL RAISE THE HEIGHT OF ITS NEXRAD WEATHER RADAR BY 33 FEET. THE
ADDITIONAL TOWER HEIGHT WILL PREVENT A BLOCKAGE OF THE LOW-LEVEL
SCANS TO THE SOUTH-SOUTHEAST...WHICH IS THE PRIMARY DIRECTION FOR
MOST APPROACHING HURRICANES. ONCE RAISED...THE RADAR WILL CONTINUE TO
PROVIDE 360-DEGREE MONITORING OF HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS.

BEGINNING THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER...THE TOWER WILL BE
DISMANTLED...THE SUPPORTING FOUNDATION REBUILT AND THE NEW 113 FOOT
TOWER REASSEMBLED. THE RADAR OUTAGE IS EXPECTED TO LAST UP TO SEVEN
WEEKS.

DURING THIS TIME...METEOROLOGISTS AT THE MELBOURNE FORECAST OFFICE
WILL USE DATA FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEXRAD RADARS IN
TAMPA...JACKSONVILLE AND MIAMI...AS WELL AS THE FAA RADARS IN ORLANDO
AND PALM BEACH TO PROVIDE FORECASTING AND WARNING SERVICES TO THE
CITIZENS OF EAST-CENTRAL FLORIDA.

THE CURRENT SCHEDULE HAS THE NWS MELBOURNE RADAR POWERING DOWN ON
DECEMBER 5 AND RETURNING TO SERVICE ON/AROUND JANUARY 27.

FOR ADDITIONAL RADAR INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB
SITE...HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MLB/?N=RADAR  (USE LOWERCASE)

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