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000 NOUS41 KBOX 081546 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-090000- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 1045 AM EST Fri Dec 8 2017 This office issued an Area Forecast Discussion late afternoon and evening on Wednesday, December 6 that implied no 1200 UTC upper air observations were available from Alaska. That information was not correct. There were 1200 UTC upper air observations available from Alaska on December 6. A fact check indicates that only one 1200 UTC observation was not taken. Our Alaskan colleagues make every effort to produce radiosonde observations of the upper atmosphere twice per day (both 0000 UTC and 1200 UTC) under all weather conditions. Although staffing shortages may on occasion result in missing observations, the dedication and perseverance of Alaskan National Weather Service staff have ensured reliable and high quality observations twice per day and every day from the vast majority of sites in the Alaskan network. Our office in Taunton strives to provide you valuable insight into the forecast process through our Area Forecast Discussions day after day. We regret the misinformation we provided in our Wednesday afternoon and evening Area Forecast Discussions. $$ Thompson is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.