960322: ASOS Commiss.NOUS (fwd)


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FOS NOTICE NO. 866     03-21-96

ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES...

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WAS REACHED ON MARCH 15... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOS AT

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

HONDO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /HDO/
HONDO... TEXAS

            LATITUDE           29 DEGREES 22 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE          99 DEGREES 10 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION         927 FEET

THE COMMISSIONING OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  THIS WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NO. OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 207 /148 NWS SITES
AND 59 FAA SITES/.  COMMISSIONING OF THIS SITE MEANS THAT THE
ASOS WILL PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK SURFACE AVIATION
OBSERVATIONS.



ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WAS 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 OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1700 UTC. THIS WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NO. 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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