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Weather radar network renewal project phases and completion

The project was completed in January 2018. Its rollout was split into four separate phases.

Phase 1 Software installation

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

Phase 2 Resilience/doppler upgrade

 A new transmitter with doppler capability was installed at each radar. The full network was upgraded between December 2011 and December 2012.

Phase 3 Infrastructure upgrade 

This phase addressed the health and safety requirements to fit stairs to the top of the tower at all sites and to carry out structural repairs where needed. To address these requirements each site was  made non-operational for between six to eight weeks.  The first tower upgrade took place in 2012.

Phases three and four were combined to reduce the total down time of each radar.

Phase 4 Dual polarisation/resilience upgrade 

This involved the installation of a new dual channel receiver, dual polarisation antenna and high specification radome. Each radar was taken out of service for three to four weeks for this work to take place. Once installed the full radar system was then performance tested for eight weeks at each site prior to it being returned to operational status.

 

  Decommissioned Installed Returned to operations
Chenies September 2012 November 2012 March 2013
Thurnham April 2012 June 2012 August 2013
Castor Bay January 2013 April 2013 July 2013
Preddanack February 2013 June 2013 September 2013
Thurnham May 2013 June 2013 December 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
Munduff Hill May 2017 July 2017 January 2018
Dean Hill October 2016 February 2017 May 2017  
Holehead March 2016 June 2016 September 2016  
High Moorsley May 2016 July 2016 November 2016
Crug-Y September 2016 November 2016 March 2017
Lewis May 2017 August 2017 November 2017
Jersey N/A June 2016 September 2016
       

To speak to the Water team about the Weather Radar Network Renewal Project please email water@metoffice.gov.uk

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