960205: ASOS Commissionings--NOUS (fwd)

 
ATTENTION    ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS
 
FROM         DONALD R. WERNLY...CHIEF...CUSTOMER SERVICE
 
SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES... 
 
                       ..... NOTICE .....
 
ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON FEBRUARY 1... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) COMMISSIONS THE NWS-SPONSORED 
ASOS AT - 
(NOTE THAT THE LATITUDE... LONGITUDE... AND ELEVATION 
ARE FOR THE ASOS DATA COLLECTION PLATFORM - THE PRIMARY 
SENSOR GROUP)
 
ATHENS AIRPORT (AHN)
ATHENS... GEORGIA
            LATITUDE:          33 DEGREES 57 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         83 DEGREES 20 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        801 FEET
 
RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL AIRPORT (BKW)
BECKLEY... WEST VIRGINIA
            LATITUDE:          37 DEGREES 48 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         81 DEGREES 07 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       2509 FEET
 
BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BTV)
BURLINGTON... VERMONT
            LATITUDE:          44 DEGREES 28 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         73 DEGREES 09 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        346 FEET
 
CHICAGO-O~HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ORD)
CHICAGO...ILLINOIS
            LATITUDE:          41 DEGREES 59 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         87 DEGREES 55 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        650 FEET
 
PORT COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CMH)
COLUMBUS... OHIO
            LATITUDE:          40 DEGREES 00 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         82 DEGREES 53 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        813 FEET
 
EVANSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT (EVV)
EVANSVILLE... INDIANA
            LATITUDE:          38 DEGREES 03 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         87 DEGREES 31 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        385 FEET

MANSFIELD LAHM MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (MFD)
MANSFIELD... OHIO
            LATITUDE:          40 DEGREES 49 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         82 DEGREES 31 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       1298 FEET
 
 
MOBILE REGIONAL AIRPORT (MOB) 
MOBILE... ALABAMA
            LATITUDE:          30 DEGREES 41 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         88 DEGREES 15 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        223 FEET
 
NORTH PLATTE REGIONAL AIRPORT (LBF)
NORTH PLATTE... NEBRASKA
            LATITUDE:          41 DEGREES 07 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:        100 DEGREES 40 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       2779 FEET
 
RALEIGH-DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (RDU)
RALEIGH/DURHAM... NORTH CAROLINA
            LATITUDE:          35 DEGREES 52 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         78 DEGREES 47 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        428 FEET
 
MATHIS FIELD (SJT) 
SAN ANGELO... TEXAS
            LATITUDE:          31 DEGREES 21 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:        100 DEGREES 30 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       1906 FEET
 
   THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY MIDNIGHT
(12 O~CLOCK AM) LOCAL TIME AT THESE SITES.  THIS WILL BRING THE 
TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 186 (140 NWS SITES AND 46 
FAA SITES).  COMMISSIONING OF THESE SITES MEANS THAT THE ASOSS 
WILL PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK SURFACE AVIATION 
OBSERVATIONS.
 
     THE NWS FORECAST OFFICES RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE SITES... AS
WELL AS THE ASOS OPERATIONS AND MONITORING CENTER (AOMC) IN
SILVER SPRING... MARYLAND... WILL MONITOR ASOS PRODUCTS AND
COORDINATE MAINTENANCE ACTIONS AS NEEDED.  NOTE: BECAUSE ASOS
OBSERVATIONAL FORMATS ARE DIFFERENT FROM MANUAL OBSERVATIONAL
FORMATS... AUTOMATED DECODER PROGRAMS MAY REQUIRE SOFTWARE
MODIFICATIONS.  
 
     PERSONS WISHING MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING ASOS SHOULD
CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE OR CALL (301)
713-1792... FAX (301) 713-0959.
 
     FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING FUTURE ASOS COMMISSIONINGS...
CALL (301) 713-0070.
 
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