The US National Weather Service's WSR-88D Doppler Radar covering Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands was destroyed by the winds of Hurricane Maria last year.

As you can imagine, parts for spare radars aren't just sitting around. The de-construction (the tower was damaged too badly to be kept) and re-construction of the radar has been a massive task in a remote area on a mountain in Puerto Rico.

Construction of a new radar tower, pedestal, antenna and radome is underway in Central Puerto Rico. The new radar is expected to be operational by the beginning of the 2018 Hurricane Season. 

The radar construction is under the supervision of the NWS Radar Operations Center in Norman, Okla.  When the radar is repaired, it will again be on our website.

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