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FOS NOTICE NO. 975                     10-15-96

ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE...

ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
/ASOS/ PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON OCTOBER 15... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT

CLINTON-SHERMAN AIRPORT /KCSM/
CLINTON... OKLAHOMA

STILLWATER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT /KSWO/
STILLWATER... OKLAHOMA

THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.  THIS
WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 326
/214 NWS SITES AND 112 FAA SITES/.  COMMISSIONING OF THESE
SITES MEANS THAT THE ASOSS 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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