960501: ASOS Commissioning Msg (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
230 PM EST WED MAY 1 1996


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

FROM              DONALD R. WERNLY...CHIEF...CUSTOMER SERVICE

SUBJECT           ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE... 

                       . . . NOTICE .....

      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WAS REACHED ON MAY 1... 1996 WHEN THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE (NWS)COMMISSIONED THE NWS-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:

ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT (ABI)
ABILENE... TEXAS

SIKORSKY MEMORIAL AIRPORT (BDR)
BRIDGEPORT... CONNECTICUT

BISMARCK MEMORIAL AIRPORT (BIS)
BISMARCK... NORTH DAKOTA

ELKINS-RANDOLPH COUNTY-JENNINGS RANDOLPH FIELD (EKN)
ELKINS... WEST VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (IAD)
STERLING... VIRGINIA

KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JFK)
NEW YORK... NEW YORK

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT (LGA)
NEW YORK... NEW YORK

MUSKEGON COUNTY AIRPORT (MKG)
MUSKEGON... MICHIGAN

NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MSY)
NEW ORLEANS... LOUISIANA

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT (PNE)
PHILADELPHIA... PENNSYLVANIA

ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT (ROA)
ROANOKE... VIRGINIA

MARIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SJU)
SAN JUAN... PUERTO RICO

   THE COMMISSIONINGS OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY MIDNIGHT
(12 O~CLOCK AM) LOCAL TIME AT THESE SITES.  THIS BRINGS THE 
TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 250 (180 NWS SITES AND 70 
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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