UPDATE: Weather service’s radar back in service

UPDATE: The National Weather Service tweeted shortly before 6 p.m. that “our radar has returned to service.”

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The National Weather Service in Miami lost its radar capability this afternoon and isn’t sure when it will be working again.

Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the Miami NWS office, said technicians are on their way to figure out what went wrong with the radar, which is located in Kendall, about 10 miles from the weather service office on Florida International University’s campus.

“It has a lot of safeties built into it so that if it senses something going wrong, it will shut itself down until the technicians can look at it,’ Fisher said. “Our technician is on his way over now, but it might not be back up until tomorrow depending on what parts need to be ordered.”

Fisher said the weather service isn’t completely in the dark, and can use Doppler radar at airports, as well as satellite images. Radar from the Key West NWS office and from the one in Melbourne also can help fill in the blanks, he said.

Surrounding radars can be viewed here: https://radar.weather.gov/

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