960608: ASOS message (fwd)

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
415 PM EDT FRI MAY 31 1996

ATTENTION:   ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS

SUBJECT:     ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE... 

                       ..... NOTICE .....

      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON JUNE 1... 1996 WHEN THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/COMMISSIONED THE NWS-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:

ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT /AVL/
ASHEVILLE... NORTH CAROLINA

MEADOWS FIELD /BFL/
BAKERSFIELD... CALIFORNIA

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /BNA/
NASHVILLE... TENNESSEE

HOUSTON INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT /IAH/
HOUSTON... TEXAS

CAPITAL CITY /LAN/
LANSING... MICHIGAN

MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /MSP/
MINNEAPOLIS... MINNESOTA

ROCHESTER MUNICIPAL /RST/
ROCHESTER... MINNESOTA

LAMBERT-ST LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /STL/
ST LOUIS... MISSOURI

   THE COMMISSIONINGS OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY MIDNIGHT
/12 O~CLOCK AM/ LOCAL TIME AT THESE SITES.  THIS BRINGS THE 
TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 264 /188 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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