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NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION MESSAGE 96-11
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1145 AM EDT FRI APR 26 1996
 
TO:         USERS OF NWS PRODUCTS RECEIVED FROM THE NATIONAL
            WEATHER SERVICE TELECOMMUNICATION GATEWAY
 
FROM:       JOE BOCCHIERI
            CHIEF .. SCIENCE AND TRAINING CORE
 
SUBJECT:    NWS METAR/TAF PROJECT AND PRODUCT INFORMATION
 
REFERENCE:  NTIM 95-26 DATED JULY 17 1995
 
(THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY HOWARD DIAMOND OFFICE
OF SYSTEMS OPERATIONS)
 
NOTE TO NWWS USERS:  THE FOLLOWING NOTICE WILL HAVE NO IMPACT TO
NWWS USERS AND IS BEING PROVIDED SOLELY FOR INFORMATION.  
 
     LAST SUMMER IN ORDER TO BEGIN FAMILIARIZING USERS WITH THE
METAR FORMAT TWO SYNTHETICALLY PRODUCED COLLECTIVES OF
METAR-FORMATTED OBSERVATIONS AND SPECIALS FROM 250 FIRST-ORDER
NWS STATIONS WERE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC DISSEMINATION.  THESE
SYNTHETIC OBSERVATIONS WERE GENERATED BY COMPUTER AT THE NWS
TELECOMMUNICATION GATEWAY BASED ON THE OPERATIONAL SURFACE
AVIATION OBSERVATIONS (SAO) AND WERE ONLY MEANT FOR INITIAL USER
FAMILIARIZATION.  
 
     THE WMO HEADERS FOR THESE COLLECTIVES WERE:  SXUS80 KWBC
(HOURLIES) AND SPUS80 KWBC (SPECIALS); WHILE THE AFOS PIL HEADERS
WERE RESPECTIVELY NMCMTTSYT AND NMCMTTSPC.  WITH THE AVAILABILITY
OF ACTUAL ASOS TEST METAR DATA EFFECTIVE MONDAY APRIL 29 1996
THESE TWO SYNTHETIC COLLECTIVES WILL NO LONGER BE GENERATED OR
DISSEMINATED.
 
     ACTUAL TEST METAR MESSAGES FROM NWS AND FAA ASOS SITES WILL
CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE IN THE COLLECTIVE SXUS81 KWBC.  THESE
REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE ON AFOS UNDER THE AFOS PIL HEADER FORMAT
CCCMTTXXX.  AFOS USERS SHOULD REFERENCE AFOS CHANGE NOTICES 1072
1117 1177 1178 1186 AND 1193 FOR SPECIFIC CCCMTTXXX PIL
INFORMATION.  
 
     IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS OR THE
OVERALL NWS METAR/TAF PRODUCT IN GENERAL PLEASE CONTACT HOWARD
DIAMOND NWS METAR/TAF IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER AT 301-713-0436 OR
VIA E-MAIL AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
 
HDIAMOND@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
     OTHER METAR/TAF INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE NWS
METAR/TAF HOME PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING URL ADDRESS (USE LOWERCASE):
 
HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OSO/OSO1/OSO12/METAR.HTM
 
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