960116: FAA's WMSC Replacement implementation - 1/17/96 at 0515Z (fwd)

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NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION MESSAGE 96-01
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS
430 PM EST TUE JAN 16 1996

TO:       ALL USERS OF DATA COMMUNICATED VIA THE FAA'S WEATHER
          MESSAGE SWITCHING CENTER

FROM:     THERESE PIERCE
          CHIEF...INTEGRATED HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL SERVICES CORE

SUBJECT:  WEATHER MESSAGE SWITCHING CENTER REPLACEMENT TO BE
          IMPLEMENTED 1/17/96 AT 0515 UTC

(THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY CHRISTINE ALEX...
OFFICE OF METEOROLOGY)

THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) WILL IMPLEMENT THE
WEATHER MESSAGE SWITCHING CENTER REPLACEMENT (WMSCR) AT 0515 UTC
ON JANUARY 17 1996.  A 12-HOUR TEST OF THIS SYSTEM WAS CONDUCTED
OVERNIGHT ON JANUARY 10TH.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY LOSS OF DATA OR FORECASTS AS A RESULT OF
THIS SWITCH (SUCH AS HOURLY OBSERVATIONS...TERMINAL FORECASTS...
DATA OR FORECASTS ORIGINATING FROM NWS OFFICES IN ALASKA...ETC.)
YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATION FROM
THE LIST BELOW:

IF YOU ARE:                         CALL

NWS WEATHER OFFICES (CONUS)         SMCC (IN REAL TIME) AND YOUR
                                    REGIONAL AVIATION METEOROL-
                                    OGIST (DURING ADMIN HOURS ON
                                    1/17/96)

NWS WEATHER OFFICES (AK, HI, GUAM)  TECH CONTROL (IN REAL TIME)
                                    AND YOUR REGIONAL AVIATION
                                    METEOROLOGIST (DURING ADMIN
                                    HOURS ON 1/17/96)

NON-NWS OFFICES:

   FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS   JULIE CHAPMAN HOUSTON (FOS
                                    MANAGER...DURING ADMIN HOURS
                                    ON 1/17/96) AT 
                                    301-713-1741 EXT 115

   OTHERS                           SENIOR DUTY METEOROLOGIST AT
                                    THE NATIONAL CENTERS FOR
                                    ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION
                                    AT (301)-763-8298 (IN REAL
                                    TIME)

IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS OR DATA/FORECAST
OUTAGES...PLEASE REPORT THEM TO THE APPROPRIATE OFFICE FROM THE
ABOVE LIST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE...EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN IF
THEY ARE RELATED TO THE WMSCR IMPLEMENTATION.  YOUR FEEDBACK IS
NEEDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY PROBLEMS...IF
ANY...RELATED TO THIS IMPLEMENTATION.

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