19990217: ASOS Commiss-NOUS (fwd)

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
1000 AM EST WED FEB 17 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 FEBRUARY 17... AT APPROXIMATELY 1300 UTC... THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
(FAA) COMMISSIONED THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOS AT:
 
     JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT    (KSNA)
     COSTA MESA...CA
 
ALSO ON FEBRUARY 17... AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC... THE NWS AND
FAA WILL ALSO COMMISSION FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT:
 
     MILLVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT    (KMIV)
     MILLVILLE... NJ
 
     READING REGIONAL AIRPORT    (KRDG)
     READING... PA
 
THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 696 (303
NWS SITES AND 393 FAA SITES).   
 
COMMISSIONING OF THESE SITES MEANS THAT THE ASOSS NOW PRODUCE
AUTOMATED... AROUND-THE-CLOCK OBSERVATIONS.
 
THE NWS FORECAST OFFICE 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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