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Collecting meteorological data
In addition to our forecasters, we have a staff of Interns and
Hydro-Meteorological Technicians (HMTs) who specialize in the acquisition and dissemination of
weather data. A large amount of current weather data comes into our computer system from regional
automated weather sensors or other networks. Our staff quality controls the data and watches for any
malfunctions in the equipment that would inhibit transmission to our customers. They also produce
products that contain a variety of temperature and precipitation measurements.
In addition, our staff collects river level data each morning and sends the information to the
Southeast River Forecast Center who in turn uses the data to create a model of future river levels.
Our technicians use the forecast guidance that the Southeast River Forecast Center creates to
produce river forecasts for central North Carolina which are produced each morning.
Another activity begins shortly after midnight and late in the afternoon each day, when our staff
creates climate data reports for Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, and Fayetteville. This data is quality
controlled then transmitted for use by a wide variety of users including utility companies, the
media, climatologists, statisticians, and general weather enthusiasts.