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Work begins on NWS radar in Duluth

DULUTH, MN — The radar at the National Weather Service in Duluth is down – literally.

Work is being done to replace the pedestal of the radar, which allows the radar to move 360 degrees and pan up and down.

The project will take about 12 days to complete.

National Weather Service officials say the radar being down does not spell doom for forecasting.

“Our meteorologists are trained to issue warnings and look at storms without our main radar. We have surrounding radars within the US and Canada and other ways to monitor storms including lightning detection networks, spotters on the ground that can look at the storms for us as well as satellite technology to look into storms,” says Joe Moore, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service says the new part will last well into the 2030’s.

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Blake Melin

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