960208: Houlton-NEXRAD COMMISSIONING (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
0800 AM EST THU FEB 8 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 CORE

SUBJECT      NEXRAD COMMISSIONING NOTICE... HOULTON... MAINE
             


                       ..... NOTICE .....

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADAR... 
(WSR-88D) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON FEB 8... 1996... WHEN THE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) COMMISSIONS THE WSR-88D RADAR FOR 
HOULTON... MAINE (RADAR IDENTIFIER - CBW).  THIS WILL BRING THE 
TOTAL OF COMMISSIONED NWS WSR-88D RADARS TO 88.

COMMISSIONING MEANS THAT THESE RADARS ARE NOW ISSUING PRODUCTS... 
SUCH AS THE RADAR OBSERVATION (ROB) MESSAGE... IN AN OFFICIAL 
CAPACITY.  ALSO... PRODUCTS FROM THE NEXRAD INFORMATION 
DISSEMINATION SERVICE WILL NO LONGER HAVE AN EXPERIMENTAL OR TEST
MESSAGE APPENDED TO THEM.  

PERSONS WISHING MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE WSR-88D SHOULD
CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE OR CALL 
301 713-0070.

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