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I am not suggesting the use of ACARS, I only mentioned it to highlight that digital ATIS information is available for some airfields and ACARS is an example of a method of accessing the data.
There may well be other methods that SD could use and that is the suggestion to explore these. In the US it is possible to dial a number and listen to the automated weather station at a large number of fields.
Although the met information is similar to the METAR the ATIS includes useful information like the runway in use, navaid servicability, runway state etc.