961029: Rapid City ASOS-ABUS34 (fwd)

985 
ABUS34 KRAP 291645
PNSRAP

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
945 AM MDT TUE OCT 29 1996

...RAPID CITY ASOS DATA NOT AVAILABLE...

ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF SATURDAYS SNOW STORM IN WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
WAS THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM...ASOS...AT THE RAPID
CITY REGIONAL AIRPORT.  THE ELECTRIC POWER TO THE SYTEM WAS LOST
AS THE HEAVY WET SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS KNOCKED DOWN POWER LINES AND
POLES ACROSS THE AREA.

ALTHOUGH THE DATA FROM THE SENSORS CANNOT BE TRANSMITTED TO USERS...
WEATHER OBSERVERS AT THE AIRPORT ARE USING BACKUP INSTRUMENTS TO
PROVIDE CRITICAL WEATHER INFORMATION TO ENSURE AIRCRAFT SAFETY.

THE LOCAL ELECTRIC COMPANY WILL RESTORE POWER AS SOON AS THEY ARE ABLE.
  
ANDERSON