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Govt. OKs New Weather Computers

April 13, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The National Weather Service will be getting new computer systems for their forecast offices across the country.

Production of the new system, called the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, was approved Monday by Commerce Secretary William M. Daley.

The new computers join advanced Doppler radar and a series of earth-observing satellites as part of the Weather Service’s long-range modernization program.

Overall, 152 AWIPS systems will be installed nationwide by the end of next year, the agency said.

The new computers will let forecasters call up a variety of weather data on a single screen, combine it and develop a forecast or send warnings to local communities.

Forecasters now use three or more systems to view information from satellites, radar, weather stations and computer forecast models.

``The feedback I get from our offices that already have AWIPS is that it’s an outstanding tool,″ said Weather Service Director Jack Kelly.

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