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Management and Administration
Name Position
David Nicosia Meteorologist-in-Charge
Vacant  Science and Operations Officer
Mark Pellerito Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Ron Quillen Electronic Systems Analyst
Chuck Parker Administrative Support Assistant
Jim Brewster Senior Service Hydrologist
Joanne LaBounty Observing Program Leader

 

Operations Staff
Name Position Program Areas
Brian Tentinger Lead Meteorologist GFE/AWIPS/Science and Training/Tropical
Michael Kistner Lead Meteorologist Fire Wx/IDSS/Outreach
Michael Hardiman Lead Meteorologist Hydro
Michael Murphy Lead Meteorologist Winter
Mitchell Gaines Lead Meteorologist

Outreach/Education/IDSS

Adam Gill Meteorologist Severe
Bryan Greenblatt Meteorologist Student Volunteer/Outreach
Ben Lott Meteorologist Outreach
Vacant Meteorologist Remote Sensing
Jake Chalupsky Meteorologist Aviation; COOP/Observing Program
Ted Champney Meteorologist Climate
Ema Sera Meteorologist  
                       Vacant                            Meteorologist  

 

Systems Experts
Name Position Program Areas
Ron Murphy Information Technology Officer AWIPS/GFE/IT; Internet/Intranet; Network
Mark Stevens Electronics Technician ASOS; NOAA Weather Radio; Radar
Dave Enty Electronics Technician ASOS; NOAA Weather Radio; Radar
NWS Binghamton County Warning Area
 
NWS Binghamton County Warning Area (CWA)

NWS Binghamton County Warning Area  or CWA showing some cities in the area.

NWS Binghamton CWA with some cities shown. Click for a larger view.

NWS Binghamton County Warning Area  or CWA showing counties.

NWS Binghamton with county labels. Click for a larger view.

The National Weather Service Binghamton Forecast Office serves about 2.5 million people in 17 counties in central New York and 7 counties in northeast Pennsylvania including the cities of BinghamtonElmira, CorningIthacaRomeSyracuse, Utica, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Office responsibilities include:

  • Aviation Forecasts: 6 Terminals - Binghamton Regional Airport (KBGM), Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (KELM), Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (KITH), Rome Griffiss Airport (KRME), Syracuse Hancock International Airport (KSYR), and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (KAVP).
  • Impact-Based Decision Support Services including PDFhazardous weather briefings, webinars and occasionally on-site weather support for our public safety officials. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Public briefings both in person and by telephone.
  • Media briefings upon request (radio and TV).
  • Warning Preparedness Program for 24 county area.
 
NWS Binghamton Office Information
 

NWS Binghamton in Winter.

NWS Binghamton in the summer.

 

The NWS Binghamton office is located in Broome County, New York, at the Binghamton Airport a little over 10 miles from downtown Binghamton. The address is 32 Dawes Drive Johnson City, NY 13790.

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 29 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 rarely reaching into the 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 86 inches at the airport. With the airport over 800 feet above the city of Binghamton, snowfall in the valley is about 60 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 several weeks every winter. Most lake effect snow events are minor with accumulations less than 6 inches.  On a rare occasion, Lake effect snowstorms can exceed 1 foot or more. 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 major snowstorms. These bigger snowstorms happen about once a year. Thunderstorms are mainly prevalent in the summer with an average of 29 a year. With an extensive number of streams, creeks and major rivers and lakes, Floods and Flash floods are the most frequent hazards that our forecast area sees. Some of our worst natural disasters have been major river floods which includes the Agnes Flood of 1972,  Eloise of 1975, The January 1996 snowmelt flood, Ivan of 2004, April 2005 snowmelt flood, the June 2006 flood and the major river floods with Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NWS Binghamton Office Tours
 
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, NY, will conduct public tours for small groups and/or individuals. The chosen date each month will be based on the availability of staff members to conduct such tours and on favorable weather conditions. On the advertised date, a morning and afternoon tour will be conducted based upon interest. Please be advised that if you request a tour for a very small group, you may be assigned with another group in the same time slot. In case of inclement weather that requires the full attention of the staff, the tour will be cancelled with very short notice. All tours are conducted by a meteorologist who will go through the basics of how the National Weather Service operates and how forecasts are compiled and disseminated to the public. Participants will then be able to tour the operations area where current forecasting is taking place. Photography is permitted. Once a tour slot has been assigned to a small group or individual, an email will be sent from the NWS providing details with directions, parking, and entry into the building. Tours are typically 60 minutes in length. Free parking is available around the building, though spots are limited. Due to the size of the parking lot, we do not have sufficient room for bus parking, unfortunately.

 
  • We will respond to online requests either through email or a telephone call. Tours are available for individuals or small groups (15 people or less). We cannot accommodate more than 15 people due to space and seating constraints.
  • For school or civic groups, tours will be conducted for students and children who are at the middle school level and above (5th grade or higher).
  • During tours, the NWS staff must maintain their duties and operational situational awareness; the staff often spend a considerable amount of time on the phone briefing partners. As such, tour groups must ensure that extraneous noise, conversation, and/or chatter be kept to an absolute minimum while touring the operations area of the facility.
  • Scheduled tours may be cancelled, even at the last minute, due to unforeseen staffing shortages or an unusually heavy workload due to adverse weather. As a result, a contact phone number must be provided when requesting a tour slot. In addition, those assigned a tour are encouraged to call the NWS before traveling to Binghamton in order to confirm the tour will still be conducted. In the event a tour is cancelled, individuals and/or small groups adversely affected by this action will be given first priority on the next open tour date.
  • All adults are required to carry proper identification (e.g., a driver’s license) into the facility, and everyone participating in the tour will be required to sign in.