PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — An upgrade is coming to the National Weather Service and it’s expected to help continue to protect people living in the Kansas City area for decades.

The weather service is upgrading the Doppler Radar at its Pleasant Hill location beginning Sept. 12. It’s expected to take about two weeks.

Tracy Young submitted video of the work that is underway. You can view it in the video player at the top of the page.

While Pleasant Hill’s radar will be down during that time, nearby radars in Topeka, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; St. Louis, and other locations will be available to meteorologists and other weather experts.

The radar and other equipment at the site was expected to last 25 years. The National Weather Service said it has outlived its lifespan. Crews hope the upgrade will allow the radar to work to forecast and protect people living in Kansas City for another 20 years.

This series of upgrades is the third project on the national system to extend the life of the radar across the country. The entire upgrade is expected to be completed next year.

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