If you've listened closely to your radio weather alert recently you may have noticed that weather information for Dyersburg has been unavailable over the last three weeks. The information is gathered by what is known as an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS), which resides at Dyersburg Regional Airport. Unfortunately, the device began malfunctioning last month and has caused numerous headaches for the staff at the airport.
"We're being inconvenienced on a daily basis," said Tommy Gibbons, manager for the airport. "It's an important tool for us as we use it to give weather information for every plane that comes in."
Gibbons says the device is owned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has dispatched technicians that are working on the problem. Although the issue has been identified as a connectivity issue between two devices, the technicians are thus far at a loss as to how to repair it.
"They have two pieces of equipment that are not communicating," said Gibbons. "They are still troubleshooting the issue."
Gibbons says that the airport has received numerous calls over the last few weeks about the lack of information and he wants to assure the community that everything that can be done to repair the device is being done.
According to the FAA's website, AWOS is a highly sophisticated data-sensing and processing and dissemination system. AWOS records wind, temperature, dew point, precipitation accumulation and pressure.