960729: Re: Commissioning of the Spokane, WA - WSR-88D. (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
400 PM EDT MON JUL 29 1996

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

SUBJECT:     NEXRAD COMMISSIONING NOTICE... SPOKANE... WASHINGTON

                       ..... NOTICE .....

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE DOPPLER... WEATHER SURVEILLANCE RADAR... 
/WSR-88D/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON JULY  30... 1996... WHEN THE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ COMMISSIONS THE WSR-88D RADAR FOR 
SPOKANE... WASHINGTON /RADAR IDENTIFIER - OTX/.  THIS WILL BRING THE
TOTAL OF COMMISSIONED NWS WSR-88D RADARS TO 102.

COMMISSIONING MEANS THAT THESE RADARS ARE NOW ISSUING PRODUCTS... SUCH
AS THE RADAR OBSERVATION /ROB/ MESSAGE... IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY.  ALSO...
PRODUCTS FROM THE NEXRAD INFORMATION DISSEMINATION SERVICE WILL NO
LONGER HAVE AN EXPERIMENTAL OR TEST MESSAGE APPENDED TO THEM.  

PERSONS WISHING MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE WSR-88D SHOULD
CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE OR CALL 
301 713-0070.

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