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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
850 AM EDT THU MAY 2 1996

TO:        NWS OFFICES...FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS...NOAA
           WEATHER WIRE SUBSCRIBERS...AND OTHER NWS CUSTOMERS

FROM:      MAC MCLAUGHLIN
           CHAIR...NWS OLYMPIC WEATHER SUPPORT COMMITTEE

SUBJECT:   NWS SUPPORT FOR THE 1996 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY

THE OLYMPIC TORCH...BEARING THE OLYMPIC FLAME WHICH WAS IGNITED
IN ATHENS GREECE...BEGAN ITS JOURNEY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES ON
APRIL 27TH IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA.  DURING ITS JOURNEY...WHICH
WILL LAST FOR 84 DAYS...THE TORCH WILL BE CARRIED 15000 MILES BY
10000 RUNNERS.

TO HELP INSURE THE SAFETY OF THE RUNNERS...THE SPECTATORS...AND
THE OFFICIALS ESCORTING THE TORCH DURING ITS RELAY ACROSS THE
NATION...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS...AND IS PROVIDING TWO
LEVELS OF WEATHER SUPPORT FOR THE RELAY.

PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE OLYMPIC FLAME IN THE UNITED
STATES...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
PROVIDED THE ATLANTA COMMITTEE FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES /ACOG/ WITH
CLIMATOLOGICAL INFORMATION FOR MANY POINTS ALONG THE RELAY
ROUTE.  INCLUDED WAS AVERAGE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES
...AVERAGE WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION...AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS WHEN
PRECIPITATION MIGHT BE EXPECTED...AND RECORD MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM
TEMPERATURES.  THE NWS'S NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
PREDICTION STORM PREDICTION CENTER PROVIDED STATISTICS REGARDING
THE LIKELIHOOD OF SEVERE WEATHER OCCURRING ALONG THE RELAY
ROUTE.

SINCE THE TORCH RELAY BEGAN ON APRIL 27TH...AND CONTINUING UNTIL
THE TORCH REACHES THE OLYMPIC STADIUM IN ATLANTA ON JULY 19TH
...FORECASTERS AT THE NWS/S STORM PREDICTION CENTER WILL BE
MONITORING THE WEATHER ALONG THE RELAY ROUTE 24 HOURS A
DAY...KEEPING WATCH FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER.  IN
THE EVENT SEVERE WEATHER IS EITHER ANTICIPATED OR IS
ONGOING...THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER/S FORECASTERS WILL PROVIDE
BRIEFINGS TO ACOG OFFICIALS SO APPROPRIATE MEASURES CAN BE TAKEN
TO PROTECT THE RUNNERS... SPECTATORS...AND ESCORT OFFICIALS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE NWS SUPPORT OF THE 1996 OLYMPIC
GAMES THEMSELVES...VISIT THE NWS OLYMPIC WEATHER SUPPORT HOME
PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING /SMALL CASE LETTERS/

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OLYMPICS/OLYMPICS.HTML

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