The project is expected to be completed by winter 2016 and the rollout has been split into four phases.
Cyclops-D3 was rolled-out to the whole network during winter 2010-2011.
This installed a new Transmitter with Doppler capability at each radar. The full network was upgraded between December 2011 and December 2012.
This phase addresses the Health & Safety requirement to fit stairs to the top of the tower at all sites and will carry out structural repairs where needed. Each site will be non-operational for between six to eight weeks to address these requirements. The first tower upgrade has been completed at Wardon Hill (the semi-operational site), Chenies, Castor Bay and Predannack. Further sites will be upgraded with each Phase Four roll out over the next two to three years. Phases three and four have been combined to reduce the total down time of each radar as much as possible.
This involves the installation of a new dual channel receiver, dual polarisation antenna and high specification radome. The required outage time for this work is three to four weeks. Once installed the full radar system will be performance tested for eight weeks prior to it being returned to operational status. So far Wardon Hill, Thurnham, Chenies and Castor Bay have been completed. The rest of the sites will follow over the next three to four years. The current proposed schedule is:
|Anticipated Month of Decommission||Anticipated month of Installation||Anticipated month of return to operations|
|Predannack||February 2013||May 2013||September 2013|
|Cobbacombe Cross||September 2013||November 2013||February 2014|
|Hill of Dudwick||March 2014||May 2014||August 2014|
|Hameldon Hill||April 2014||June 2014||September 2014|
|Ingham||June 2014||August 2014||November 2014|
|Clee Hill||September 2014||November 2014||February 2015|
|Holehead||March 2015||May 2015||August 2015|
|Dean Hill||July 2015||August 2015||December 2015|
|High Moorsley||March 2016||May 2016||August 2016|
|Munduff Hill||July 2016||October 2016||January 2017|
If you would like to speak to the Water team about any of the planned work during the Weather Radar Network Renewal Project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 7 August 2013