961203: ASOS commiss & radar decommiss

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
900 AM EST TUE DEC 3 1996
 
ATTENTION:     ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ FAMILY
               OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE
               SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS
 
SUBJECT:       ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICES...
 
                       ..... NOTICES .....
 
      ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WAS REACHED ON DECEMBER 2... 1996 WHEN THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) COMMISSIONED THE NWS-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:
 
          KIMBLE COUNTY AIRPORT (KJCT)
          JUNCTION... TEXAS
 
   THE COMMISSIONING OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.  THIS
BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 341 (221 NWS
SITES AND 120 FAA SITES).  COMMISSIONING OF THIS SITE MEANS THAT
THE ASOS WILL PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK SURFACE
AVIATION OBSERVATIONS.
 
   ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WAS REACHED ON DECEMBER 2... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION (FAA) COMMISSIONED THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOS AT:
 
          BRADFORD REGIONAL AIRPORT (KBFD)
          BRADFORD... PENNSYLVANIA
 
   THE COMMISSIONING OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.  THIS
BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 342 (221 NWS
SITES AND 121 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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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
930 AM EST TUE DEC 3 1996
 
ATTENTION:   ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/  
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS/NOAA WEATHER
             WIRE SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS/OTHER NWS PRODUCT
             USERS
 
SUBJECT:     RADAR DECOMMISSIONING NOTICE ..... CHARLESTON ...
               SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
 
                       ..... NOTICE .....
 
SINCE THE CHARLESTON ... SOUTH CAROLINA ... DOPPLER WEATHER
SURVEILLANCE RADAR (WSR-88D) HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ... USERS NOTIFIED AND SERVICES
CONFIRMED ... THE MAJOR CRITERIA FOR DECOMMISSIONING THE WSR-57
AT CHARLESTON (RADAR IDENTIFIER - CHS) HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.   
THEREFORE ... THE CHARLSETON WSR-57 RADAR WAS DECOMMISSIONED ON  
MONDAY ... DECEMBER 2 ... 1996.
 
DECOMMISSIONING MEANS THAT THIS RADAR IS NO LONGER ISSUING
PRODUCTS ... SUCH AS THE RADAR OBSERVATION (ROB) MESSAGE ... IN
AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY.
 
PERSONS WISHING MORE INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CURRENT RADAR
NETWORK SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE OF CALL (301) 713-0070.