19990715: ASOS-ADMIN NOTICE NOUS40 KWBC (fwd)

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FOS/NOAAPORT NOTICE NO. 1502     JULY 15... 1999

ATTENTION    FAMILY OF SERVICES SUBSCRIBERS
              NOAAPORT USERS
              NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

SUBJECT      ASOS COMMISSIONING NOTICE...

ON JULY 14... 1999 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND
THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION /FAA/
COMMISSIONED THE FAA-SPONSORED ASOSS AT

      ALTOONA-BLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT  /KAOO/
      ALTOONA... PA

      WILLIAMS AIRPORT   /KIGX/
      CHAPEL HILL... NC

THE COMMISSIONINGS OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 UTC.

THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMISSIONED ASOSS TO
727 /311 NWS SITES AND 416 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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