The National Weather Service in Pendleton will be without its radar system from July 22 to August 1, while the system is replaced and upgraded.
In that time, the Pendleton weather service office will rely on radar readings from its neighboring offices in Portland; Medford; Boise, Idaho; and Spokane, Washington. The Pendleton office will still have other tools such as observations, spotter reports and satellite data.
“Not having the radar could be an inconvenience, but I think we can supplement it with other sources,” said Zaaron Allen, science and operations officer at the weather service in Pendleton.
The weather service is upgrading its radar systems across the country. Having the work done now in Pendleton means the system will be ready for the fall and winter months, when there are commonly more extreme weather events, Allen said.
Once upgraded, the system should be able to provide reliable data for at least the next 10 years, according to the weather service.
“We’re making sure the radar is sound and will continue to serve us well into the future,” Allen said.