Ft. Worth Meacham Observation Site

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX 
215 PM CDT TUE OCT 29 2013  

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH IS AWARE OF 
PERSISTENT INCOMPLETE AND/OR MISSING WEATHER OBSERVATIONS FROM FORT
WORTH MEACHAM AIRPORT. THIS PROBLEM BEGAN LAST FRIDAY (OCTOBER
25TH), AND IS DUE TO AIRBORNE DUST FROM CONSTRUCTION-RELATED TRAFFIC
IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE WEATHER OBSERVATION EQUIPMENT ON
AIRPORT PROPERTY.  

THE DUST FROM THIS TRAFFIC IS SERIOUSLY IMPACTING SEVERAL
INSTRUMENTS IN THIS OBSERVING SYSTEM. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICIALS WILL BE WORKING WITH AIRPORT OFFICIALS AND THE FAA TO
IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM SO THAT THE AUTOMATED
OBSERVATIONS CAN RESUME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  

UNFORTUNATELY, WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A TIMELINE FOR WHEN THIS
WILL OCCUR, BUT WE ARE PURSUING THE ISSUE WITH URGENCY, GIVEN THE
PROMINENCE OF THIS SITE. WHILE SEVERAL ELEMENTS OF THE AUTOMATED
EQUIPMENT ARE NOT CURRENTLY OPERABLE, FAA PERSONNEL IN THE FORT
WORTH MEACHAM TOWER ARE TAKING MANUAL OBSERVATIONS OF CRITICAL
WEATHER ELEMENTS - INCLUDING CEILING AND VISIBILITY - TO ENSURE THAT
AVIATION SAFETY IS NOT COMPROMISED.  

FOR THOSE REQUIRING WEATHER DATA IN THE NORTH FORT WORTH AREA, WE
RECOMMEND THE OBSERVATIONS THAT ARE REPORTED FROM THE FORT WORTH
JOINT RESERVE BASE (KNFW), OR FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIRPORT (KAFW). 

WE WILL BE ATTEMPTING TO REPROGRAM SOME OF OUR AUTOMATED WEB PAGES
SO THAT THEY WILL DISPLAY THESE OBSERVATIONS WHILE THE MEACHAM
AIRPORT SYSTEM IS INOPERABLE.

WE REGRET THIS OUTAGE OF DATA TO OUR CUSTOMERS IN THE NORTH TEXAS
AREA, AND ARE WORKING TO RECTIFY IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  THANKS FOR
YOUR PATIENCE.

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BRADSHAW



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