960822: Alaska ASOS Commiss-NOUS (fwd)

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FOS NOTICE NO. 943          08-22-96

ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

SUBJECT      SPECIAL ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE...

A VERY SPECIAL MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING
SYSTEM /ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON AUGUST 22... 1996
WITH THE FIRST COMMISSIONING OF AN ALASKA ASOS BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/.  THE COMMISSIONING OF THE ASOS AT

SKAGWAY AIRPORT /PAGY/
SKAGWAY... ALASKA

WILL TAKE PLACE AT APPROXIMATELY 1200 UTC.  THIS BRINGS THE
TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 302 /205 NWS SITES AND
97 FAA SITES/.  COMMISSIONING OF THIS SITE MEANS THAT THE
ASOS WILL PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK SURFACE
AVIATION
OBSERVATIONS.

THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SITE... 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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