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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1100 AM EST WED MAR 20 1996

ATTENTION    ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES... 

                       ..... NOTICE .....

      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON MARCH 20... 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)

NEW BEDFORD REGIONAL AIRPORT (EWB)
NEW BEDFORD... MASSACHUSSETS
            LATITUDE:          41 DEGREES 41 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         70 DEGREES 57 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:         76 FEET

FAIRFIELD COUNTY AIRPORT (LHQ) (FORMERLY I15)
LANCASTER... OHIO
            LATITUDE:          39 DEGREES 45 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         82 DEGREES 40 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        853 FEET

OSWEGO COUNTY AIRPORT (N00)
FULTON... NEW YORK
            LATITUDE:          43 DEGREES 21 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         76 DEGREES 23 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        455 FEET

     THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1700 UTC.  THIS
WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 210 (148 NWS SITES AND
62
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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