960731: Childress, Hobart, Wiley-Re: ASOS Commissioning Notice (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
110 PM EDT WED JUL 31 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 JULY 31... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:

CHILDRESS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /CDS/
CHILDRESS... TEXAS

HOBART MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /HBR/
HOBART... OKLAHOMA

WILEY POST AIRPORT /PWA/
OKLAHOMA CITY... OKLAHOMA

     THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL TAKE PLACE AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  THIS 
BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 291 /199 NWS SITES AND 92
FAA SITES/.  COMMISSIONING OF THESE SITES MEANS THAT THE ASOS WILL 
PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK SURFACE AVIATION OBSERVATIONS.

     THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE 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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