960206: Akron, CO, ASOS COMM (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
330 PM EST TUES FEB 6 1996

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 6... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION (FAA) COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT

(NOTE THAT THE LATITUDE, LONGITUDE, AND ELEVATION ARE FOR THE ASOS DATA
COLLECTION PLATFORM - THE PRIMARY SENSOR GROUP)

AKRON-WASHINGTON COUNTY AIRPORT (AKO)
AKRON... COLORADO

            LATITUDE:          40 DEGREES 10 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:        103 DEGREES 13 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       4662 FEET

LA JUNTA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (LHX)
LA JUNTA... COLORADO

            LATITUDE:          38 DEGREES 03 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:        103 DEGREES 31 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:       4191 FEET

     THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  THIS WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 188 (140 NWS SITES AND 48
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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