960523: ASOS-Cortez, Durango commiss. message (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1000 AM EDT THU MAY 23 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 NOTICE... 

                       ..... NOTICE .....

      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON MAY 23... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:

CORTEZ-MONTEZUMA COUNTY AIRPORT /CEZ/
CORTEZ... COLORADO

DURANGO-LA PLATA COUNTY AIRPORT /DRO/
DURANGO... COLORADO

     THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  THIS WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 256 /180 NWS SITES AND 76
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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