960301: ASOS Commiss-NOUS (fwd)

449 
NOUS40 KWBC 011629
FOS NOTICE NO. 856          3-1-96

ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES...


ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON MARCH 1... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/COMMISSIONS THE NWS-SPONSORED
ASOSS AT

/NOTE THAT THE LATITUDE... LONGITUDE... AND ELEVATION ARE FOR THE
ASOS DATA COLLECTION PLATFORM - THE PRIMARY SENSOR GROUP/

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /ABQ/
ALBUQUERQUE... NEW MEXICO

            LATITUDE           35 DEGREES 03 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE         106 DEGREES 37 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION        5310 FEET

CONCORD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /CON/
CONCORD... NEW HAMPSHIRE

            LATITUDE           43 DEGREES 12 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          71 DEGREES 30 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION         341 FEET

KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /EYW/
KEY WEST... FLORIDA

            LATITUDE           24 DEGREES 33 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          81 DEGREES 45 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION          19 FEET

JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /JAX/
JACKSONVILLE.... FLORIDA

            LATITUDE           30 DEGREES 30 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          81 DEGREES 42 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION          26 FEET


BLUE GRASS AIRPORT /LEX/
LEXINGTON... KENTUCKY

            LATITUDE           38 DEGREES 03 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          84 DEGREES 36 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION         987 FEET

MIDLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /MAF/
MIDLAND... TEXAS

            LATITUDE           31 DEGREES 57 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE         102 DEGREES 13 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION        2862 FEET

NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /ORF/
NORFOLK... VIRGINIA

            LATITUDE           36 DEGREES 54 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          76 DEGREES 12 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION          21 FEET

POCATELLO REGIONAL AIRPORT /PIH/
POCATELLO... IDAHO

            LATITUDE           42 DEGREES 55 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE         112 DEGREES 34 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION        4460 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 205 /148 NWS SITES AND 57
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.
END
NNNN