Doppler radar in Shallotte undergoes upgrades to increase its longevity

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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The National Weather Service office in Wilmington is making upgrades to the Doppler radar located in Shallotte.

The KLTX WSR-88D radar was installed in 1994.

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A new generator and fuel tank are being added over the next week, which should extend the life of the radar by several decades.

The National Weather Service is thinking about the short term benefits as well.

“If we lose commercial power during a hurricane or a winter storm or a severe weather outbreak, this will ensure that we maintain operability with the Doppler radar,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve Pfaff said. “We need to maintain that capability as we deal with these events.”

The repairs began Friday and are expected to take about a week.