ASOS Commissioning Today (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
0945 AM EDT THU APR 18 1996

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

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES... 

                       ..... NOTICE .....

      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON APRIL 17... 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)

COFFEYVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (CFV)
COFFEYVILLE... KANSAS

            LATITUDE:          37 DEGREES 05 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         95 DEGREES 34 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        740 FEET

DAVENPORT MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (DVN)
DAVENPORT... IOWA

            LATITUDE:          41 DEGREES 37 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         90 DEGREES 35 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        749 FEET

LAWRENCE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (LWC)
LAWRENCE... KANSAS

            LATITUDE:          39 DEGREES 01 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         95 DEGREES 13 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        831 FEET

WITTMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT (OSH)
OSHKOSH... WISCONSIN

            LATITUDE:          43 DEGREES 58 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         88 DEGREES 33 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        814 FEET

PAL-WAUKEE AIRPORT (PWK)
CHICAGO/WHEELING... ILLINOIS

            LATITUDE:          42 DEGREES 07 MINUTES NORTH
            LONGITUDE:         87 DEGREES 54 MINUTES WEST
            ELEVATION:        666 FEET

     THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1700 UTC. 
THIS WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 235
(148 NWS SITES AND 67 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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