960116: Radar Decomiss(fwd)

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

SUBJECT:     RADAR DECOMMISSIONING NOTICES... CHARLESTON AND 
             BECKLEY... WEST VIRGINIA... HARRISBURG... PENNSYLVANIA   
             ... LIMON... COLORADO... RALEIGH... NORTH CAROLINA

                       ***** 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) WERE 
COMPLETED.  THEREFORE... THE WSR-74C AND WSR-74S RADARS WERE DECOMMISSIONED
OFFICIALLY ON JAN 12... 1996.

      WITH THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADARS... (WSR-88D)
COMMISSIONED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) FOR CENTRAL 
PENNSYLVANIA AND PHILADELPHIA... PENNSYLVANIA... USERS NOTIFIED... 
AND SERVICES CONFIRMED... THE MAJOR CRITERIA FOR DECOMMISSIONING THE 
WSR-74C AT HARRISBURG... PENNSYLVANIA (RADAR IDENTIFIER - HAR) WERE COMPLETED. 
THEREFORE... THE WSR-74C RADAR WAS DECOMMISSIONED OFFICIALLY ON JAN 12... 1996.

      WITH THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADARS... (WSR-88D)
COMMISSIONED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) FOR DENVER...
AND PUEBLO... COLORADO... AND GOODLAND... KANSAS... USERS NOTIFIED... AND
SERVICES CONFIRMED... THE MAJOR CRITERIA FOR DECOMMISSIONING THE WSR-57 AT
LIMON... COLORADO (RADAR IDENTIFIER - LIC) WERE COMPLETED.  THEREFORE... THE
WSR-57 RADAR WAS DECOMMISSIONED OFFICIALLY ON DEC 22... 1995.

      WITH THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADAR... (WSR-88D)
COMMISSIONED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) FOR RALEIGH...
NORTH CAROLINA... USERS NOTIFIED... AND SERVICES CONFIRMED... THE MAJOR
CRITERIA FOR DECOMMISSIONING THE WSR-74C AT RALEIGH... NORTH CAROLINA
(RADAR IDENTIFIER - RDU) WERE COMPLETED.  THEREFORE... THE
WSR-74C RADAR WAS DECOMMISSIONED OFFICIALLY ON DEC 22... 1995.

      DECOMMISSIONING MEANS THAT A 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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