961209: Ketchikan ASOS Commiss

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1015 AM EST MON DEC 9 1996
 
ATTENTION:   ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAA WEATHER WIRE
             SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS PRODUCT USERS
 
FROM:        DONALD R. WERNLY...CHIEF...CUSTOMER SERVICE
 
SUBJECT:     ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE... 
 
                       ..... NOTICE .....
 
     ANOTHER MILESTONE IN THE AUTOMATED SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEM
(ASOS) PROGRAM WILL BE REACHED ON DECEMBER 9... 1996 WHEN THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION (FAA) COMMISSION THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOS AT:
 
     KETCHIKAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KMCK)
     KETCHIKAN... ALASKA
 
     THE COMMISSIONING WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800UTC.  THIS
WILL BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 344 (221 NWS
SITES AND 123 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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