961201: Sitka, Alaska-NOUS (fwd)

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FOS NOTICE NO. 1001                        11-27-96

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 DECEMBER 1... 1996
WHEN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND THE FEDERAL
AVIATION ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED
ASOS AT

SITKA AIRPORT /PASI/
SITKA... ALASKA

THE COMMISSIONING WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.  THIS
WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 340 /220
NWS SITES AND 120 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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