19990428: Greenville, SC, Bentonville, AR- new ASOS commissioning (fwd)




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  PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
  1100 AM EDT WED APR 28 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 APRIL 28... 1999 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) AND THE FEDERAL
  AVIATION  ADMINISTRATION (FAA) WILL COMMISSION THE FAA- SPONSORED ASOSS
  AT:
  
  GREENVILLE DOWNTOWN AIRPORT  (KGMU)
  GREENVILLE... SC
  
  NORTHWEST ARKANSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT   (KXNA) BENTONVILLE... AR
  
  THE COMMISSIONING WILL OCCUR AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.  
  
  THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO 708 (305 NWS SITES
  AND  403 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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