National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Location

  • Located at Binghamton Regional Airport (32 Dawes Drive) in Broome county, 10 miles northwest of the City of Binghamton.
  • Telephone: (607) 729-1597 (Public)

Operations

  • 24 hour operation.
  • The Office program consists of the following:
    • Short Term Warning and Forecast Responsibility for 17 counties in New York and 7 counties in Pennsylvania including the cities of Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, Rome, Scranton, Syracuse, Utica, Wilkes-Barre
       

       

      Topo/County Warning Area Map of WFO Binghamton, NY

       

    • Aviation Forecasts: 6 Terminals - Binghamton Regional Airport (KBGM), Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (KELM), Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (KITH), Oneida County Airport (KUCA), Syracuse Hancock International Airport (KSYR), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (KAVP).
    • Public Forecast Program, includes long-fused warnings and zone forecasts for the 24 counties highlighted above, selected cities forecasts for Binghamton, Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and forecast discussions.
    • Hydrologic Service Area Responsibility for the Chemung, Upper Delaware, and Susquehanna from its headwaters to Wilkes-Barre, and the Finger Lakes drainage.
    • Recreational Boaters Forecasts for the Finger Lakes and Oneida Lake - May to October.
    • Climate programs for Binghamton, NY, Syracuse, NY, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA.
    • NOAA Weather Radio (13 transmitters).
    • Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System. This system allows the operator to overlay meteorological data from a variety of sources.
    • WSR-88D Radar.
    • Data Quality Control and Maintenance of numerous ASOS sites and LARC precipitation and river stage gages.
    • Co-op Observers Program Responsibility.
    • Extensive Volunteer SKYWARN, Rainfall, and Snowfall Observer Networks.
    • Supervision of SAWRS/LAWRS stations.
    • Public briefings both in person and by telephone.
    • Media briefings upon request (radio and TV).
    • Warning Preparedness Program for 24 county area.

Climate

  • The office is located in south central upstate New York in the upper Susquehanna Valley. The Catskills Mountains are to the east while the Finger Lakes are to the northwest. The area receives four seasons with a wide range of temperatures and weather from summer to winter and day to day. Extreme weather only happens a few days each season. High temperatures range from 28 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 79 degrees in July. In winter an average of 8 days are below zero. In summer less than 7 days have temperatures in the 90s with dewpoint temperatures in the upper 60s or lower 70s. In the summer, overnight lows usually are in the 50s and 60s except for one or two nights where it stays in the 70s. The growing season is about 160 days long. Precipitation is spread out fairly evenly from month to month. Monthly amounts vary from 2.33 inches in February to 3.60 inches in June. Long term droughts are rare. Yearly precipitation is 37 inches and snowfall is 83 inches at the airport. With the airport over 800 feet above the city of Binghamton, snowfall in the valley is about 55 inches per season. Most of the snow falls from late November to late March. 23 days a year receive one inch or more of snow with less than six days receiving 6 or more inches on average. An average of 7 days a year have freezing rain. With the close proximity to Lake Ontario lake effect snow occurs a few weeks every winter mainly in November and December. Most of the snow falls as flurries but sunshine is scant. The snow and temperatures below freezing benefit the many ski areas within a two hour's drive. With also the close proximity to the Atlantic coast, the area can be affected by blizzards and to a lesser extent by hurricanes. These events combined happen less than once a year. Thunderstorms are mainly prevalent in the summer with an average of 29 a year.

    Related link: NY/PA Climate Data

 

Office Staff

 

Management

  • Vacant - Meteorologist in Charge (MIC)
  • David Nicosia- Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM)
  • Michael Evans - Science and Operations Officer (SOO)
  • Mitch Gilt - Observing Program Leader (OPL)
  • Ron Quillen - Electronics System Analyst (ESA)

Senior Service Hydrologist

  • Jim Brewster

Administrative Assistant

  • Patricia Douglass

Meteorologists

  • Senior Forecasters
    • Michael Jurewicz
    • David Morford
    • Robert Mundschenk
    • Priscilla Nicosia
    • Mark Pellerito
  • General Forecasters
    • Ray Brady
    • Theodore A. Champney
    • Erik Heden
    • Katherine Hawley
    • Daniel Padavona
    • Vacant

Hydrometeorological Technicians (HMT's)

  • Joanne LaBounty

Electronics Technicians

  • Egan Harder
  • Dave Enty

Information Technology Officer (ITO)