961010: ASOS Commiss-Iron Mtn-NOUS (fwd)

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FOS NOTICE NO. 973                    10-10-96


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

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE...

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON OCTOBER 10... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOS AT

FORD AIRPORT /KIMT/
IRON MOUNTAIN/KINGSFORD... MICHIGAN

THE COMMISSIONING WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.THIS WILL
BRING THE TOTAL NO. OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 324 /214 NWS SITES
AND 110 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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