960111: Charleston & Beckley-decomiss- (fwd)

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
0200 PM EST THU JAN 11 1996

ATTENTION:   ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS

SUBJECT:     RADAR DECOMMISSIONING NOTICE... CHARLESTON AND 
               BECKLEY... WEST VIRGINIA   


                       ***** NOTICE *****

      WITH THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADARS... (WSR-88D)
COMMISSIONED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) FOR CHARLESTON ...
WEST VIRGINIA AND ROANOKE... VIRGINIA... USERS NOTIFIED... 
AND SERVICES CONFIRMED... THE MAJOR CRITERIA FOR DECOMMISSIONING THE 
WSR-74C AT BECKLEY... WEST VIRGINIA (RADAR IDENTIFIER - BKW) AND THE 
WSR-74S AT CHARLESTON... WEST VIRGINIA (RADAR IDENTIFIER - CRW) HAVE 
BEEN COMPLETED.  THEREFORE... THE WSR-74C AND WSR-74S RADARS WILL BE
DECOMMISSIONED OFFICIALLY ON JAN 12... 1996.

      DECOMMISSIONING MEANS THAT THIS RADAR IS NO LONGER ISSUING
PRODUCTS... SUCH AS THE RADAR OBSERVATION (ROB) MESSAGE... IN AN
OFFICIAL CAPACITY.

      PERSONS WISHING MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CURRENT RADAR
NETWORK SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE OR
CALL (301) 713-0070.

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