19980119: ASOS Commiss-NOUS (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
0825 AM EST WED JAN 20 1999
 
ATTENTION:   ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) OFFICES/ 
             FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS / NOAAPORT USERS / 
             NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS / OTHER NWS 
             PRODUCT USERS
 
SUBJECT:     ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE... 
 
                       ..... NOTICE .....
 
ON JANUARY 20... 1999 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) WILL COMMISSION THE FAA-
SPONSORED ASOSS AT:
 
     ROCK HILL-YORK COUNTY AIRPORT    (KUZA)
     ROCK HILL... SC
 
     GASTONIA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    (KAKH)
     GASTONIA... NC
 
     PITTSFIELD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    (KPSF)
     PITTSFIELD... MA
 
     LOVE FIELD    (KPRC)
     PRESCOTT... AZ
 
THE COMMISSIONINGS WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  
 
THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 691 (303
NWS SITES AND 388 FAA SITES).  COMMISSIONING OF THESE SITES MEANS
THAT THE ASOSS NOW PRODUCE AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK
OBSERVATIONS.
 
THE NWS FORECAST OFFICES RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE SITES... AS WELL
AS THE ASOS OPERATIONS AND MONITORING CENTER (800-242-8194) 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) 713-0341 X131.
 
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