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Weather radar network renewal project timescales

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Its rollout has been split into four phases.

Phase 1 Software Installation

Cyclops-D3 was rolled-out to the whole network during winter 2010-2011.

Phase 2 Resilience/Doppler upgrade

This installed a new Transmitter with Doppler capability at each radar. The full network was upgraded between December 2011 and December 2012.

Phase 3 Infrastructure upgrade 

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 was completed at Wardon Hill.  Phases three and four have been combined to reduce the total down time of each radar as much as possible.

Phase 4 Dual Polarisation/Resilience upgrade 

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.

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 water@metoffice.gov.uk

The current proposed schedule is:

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Weather radar network renewal project timescales
Chenies September 2012 November 2012 March 2013
Thurnham April 2012 June 2012 August 2013
Castor Bay January 2013 April 2013 July 2013
Predannack February 2013 June 2013 September 2013
Thurnham May 2013 June 2013 December 2013
Cobbacombe September 2013 December 2013 May 2013
Hameldon Hill March 2014 April 2014 August 2014
Hill of Dudwick March 2014 June 2014 September 2014
Ingham September 2014 November 2014 February 2015
Clee Hill February 2015 May 2015 August 2015
Holehead March 2016 June 2016 September 2016
Crug-Y September 2016 November 2016 March 2017
High Moorsley May 2016 July 2016 November 2016
Dean Hill October 2016 February 2017 May 2017
Munduff Hill May 2017 July 2017 January 2018
Lewis May 2017 August 2017 November 2017
Jersey N/A June 2016 September 2016

 

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