From the Research Summary: 'Remote Automatic Weather Stations (FAWS) have been developed and are now operational across the nation in a variety of geographical areas. RAWS acquire, process, store, and transmit accumulative precipitation, wind-speed, wind direction, air temperature, fuel temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and battery voltage. RAWS will operate unattended for 6 months or longer; batteries recharged by solar panels furnish power. Weather data are retransmitted via the Geostationary operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) to the National Environmental Satellite Service (NESS), Wallops Island, Va., receiving station, and subsequently stored at the World Weather Building in Maryland. Data may be retrieved by direct dial, dedicated phone lines or through AFFIRMS. Small earth terminals (receiving stations) are also commercially available for direct reception from GOES. RAWS fulfill a long standing need for automatic weather data acquisition from remote sites. RAWS can be used nationwide as part of the National Fire-Danger Rating System, in clusters over an area of concern for research, or individually for local weather. RAWS have been field proven, are operational, and are currently available from two qualified commercial manufacturers.'