960326: Billings-88D Commissioning (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
900 AM EST TUE MAR 26 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... BILLINGS... MONTANA



                       ..... NOTICE .....

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADAR...
(WSR-88D) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON APR 1... 1996... WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) COMMISSIONS THE WSR-88D RADAR FOR
BILLINGS... MONTANA (RADAR IDENTIFIER - BLX). THIS WILL BRING THE
TOTAL OF COMMISSIONED NWS WSR-88D RADARS TO 91.

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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