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NWS Weather Forecast Offices

There is an old saying that goes like this, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute as it will change." This is really true for most locations as the processes the atmosphere which produce our weather are similar around the world. However, there are local differences which may enhance or affect the type of weather where you are located.

Your local National Weather Service Forecast Offices monitors your weather around-the-clock. In addition to the forecast issued two to four times daily, we are always looking out for you in regards hazardous weather. Should threatening weather occur or appears imminent we will issue weather watches and/or warnings to alert you to the threat.

A typical National Weather Service forecast office.

The forecast office area of responsibility typically consists of 20 to 50 counties though some counties are split between offices (most common in the western states) based upon geographical features.

Most the 122 forecast offices are housed in stand-alone buildings. But some are co-located in other federal buildings or with other agencies. A few offices are also located at universities where there is a strong tie to the academic research community. The Doppler radar may be located adjacent to the office or many miles away.

Below is a map of the weather forecast offices and their areas of responsibility. Click or select on image below or use drop down menu to go to any NWS forecast office.

Map of the NWS forecast offices and their areas of responsibility.
NWS Fairbanks, AK NWS Anchorage, AK NWS Juneau, AK NWS Seattle, WA NWS Portland, OR NWS Spokane, WA NWS Pendleton, OR NWS Missoula, MT NWS Boise, ID NWS Great Falls, MT NWS Glasgow, MT NWS Pocatello, ID NWS Sacramento, CA NWS Eureka, CA NWS San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA NWS Medford, OR NWS Reno, NV NWS Hanford, CA NWS San Diego, CA NWS Elko, NV NWS Las Vegas, NV NWS Phoenix, AZ NWS Salt Lake City, UT NWS Riverton, WY NWS Billings, MT NWS Flagstaff, AZ NWS Tucson, AZ NWS El Paso, TX NWS Albuquerque, NM NWS Amarillo, TX NWS Lubbock, TX NWS Midland/Odessa, TX NWS San Angelo, TX NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX NWS Corpus Christi, TX NWS Brownsville, TX NWS Houston/Galveston, TX NWS Dallas/Fort Worth, TX NWS Norman, OK NWS Shreveport, LA NWS Lake Charles, LA NWS Tulsa, OK NWS Little Rock, AR NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA NWS Jackson, MS NWS Memphis, TN NWS Mobile, AL/Pensacola, FL NWS Birmingham, AL NWS Huntsville, AL NWS Nashville, TN NWS Guam NWS Honolulu, HI NWS San Juan, PR NWS Key West, FL NWS Miami - South Florida NWS Melbourne, FL NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL NWS Tallahassee, FL NWS Jacksonville, FL NWS Peachtree City, GA NWS Denver/Boulder, CO NWS Grand Junction, CO NWS Pueblo, CO NWS Goodland, KS NWS Dodge City, KS NWS Rapid City, SD NWS Aberdeen, SD NWS Bismarck, ND NWS Grand Forks, ND NWS Cheyenne, WY NWS North Platte, NE NWS Hastings, NE NWS Wichita, KS NWS Topeka, KS NWS Omaha/Valley, NE NWS Sioux Falls, SD NWS Twin Cities/Chanhassen, MN NWS Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO NWS Springfield, MO NWS La Crosse, WI NWS Des Moines, IA NWS Marquette, MI NWS Duluth, MN NWS Green Bay, WI NWS Quad Cities, IA/IL NWS Paducah, KY NWS St. Louis, MO NWS Lincoln, IL NWS Chicago, IL NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI NWS Gaylord, MI NWS Grand Rapids, MI NWS Northern Indiana NWS Indianapolis, IN NWS Louisville, KY NWS Detroit/Pontiac, MI NWS Wilmington, OH NWS Charleston, WV NWS Pittsburgh, PA NWS Jackson, KY NWS Charleston, SC NWS Columbia, SC NWS Greenville-Spartanburg, SC NWS Morristown, TN NWS Blacksburg, VA NWS Wilmington, NC NWS Raleigh/Durham, NC NWS Newport/Morehead, NC NWS Wakefield, VA NWS Baltimore, MD/Washington D. C. NWS Cleveland, OH NWS Buffalo, NY NWS State College, PA NWS New York, NY NWS Philadelphia/Mt Holly, PA NWS Binghamton, NY NWS Albany, NY NWS Burlington, VT NWS Boston / Taunton, MA NWS Gray/Portland, ME NWS Caribou, ME

Because of these small regions your local office forecasters are most familiar with your local area and weather nuances. The staff of a weather forecast office consists of...

Meteorologist-In-Charge (MIC)
The MIC carries full managerial, supervisory, and technical responsibility for the provision of weather warning, forecast, services, and support activities within the area served by the WFO, and for the conduct of important scientific development work which is undertaken in an operational weather forecast environment. In other words, "The Boss."
Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM)
Serves as the principal interface between the forecast office and the users of the forecast office products and services. He/She is fully responsible for planning, coordinating, and carrying out area-wide public awareness program designed to educate the public to ensure the mitigation of death, injury and property damage or loss caused by severe natural hydrometeorological events.
Science & Operations Officer (SOO)
Ensures the scientific integrity of the products and services provided to the public by the WFO and also leads or participates in joint research projects and developmental efforts conducted with any collocated university/research center.
Information Technology Officer (ITO)
Serves as a software and information technology expert with responsibility in three primary areas: application development/integration, information technology management, and systems analysis. The ITO provides overall guidance and coordination for the computer-related focal points.
Data Acquisition Program Manager (DAPM)
Supervises a technical staff in activities which can be divided into three major categories: Data management and acquisition, public service and user interaction and forecaster assistance. The DAPM supervises a technical staff comprised of three or four hydro-meteorological technicians or interns. An office has a DAPM or Observation Program Leader, not both.
Observation Program Leader (OPL)
The OPL ensures that a full range of technical support and assistance is provided for WFO operations and other basic activities, especially the incorporation of timely, high quality observational data into WFO forecast and warning decision-making processes.
Service Hydrologist (SH)
The Service Hydrologist is responsible for providing the primary NWS hydrologic support and interface to the state emergency management and other water resources-related agencies. The hydrologist serves as the "resident expert" on WFO hydrometeorological technologies as they relate to mesoscale hydrologic forecast problems and their application to meeting the diverse requirements existing in the designated support area.
Senior Forecasters
Serves as shift leader. Ensures the provision of general weather information, warnings, advisories, and forecasts to the general public and special user groups in the WFO service area. As shift leader, is responsible for all NWS service products, warnings, and advisories produced on the shift, and for their coordination with other NWS offices.
Journeymen (General) Forecasters
The general forecaster provides weather information, warnings, advisories, aviation and public forecasts to the general public and to special user groups in the forecast office's service area. He/She is responsible for the coordination of NWS products, warnings, and forecasts with the Senior Forecaster on duty, the Service Hydrologist, and the hydrometeorological technicians on duty.
Meteorological trainees, involved in forecasting and interpretive studies, and/or conducting related projects and programs.
Hydrometeorological Technicians (HMT)
The HMT performs technical work related to weather forecasting, observations, research, climatology, and/or other areas of meteorology.
Electronic System Analyst (ESA)
Serves as the site's lead technical focal point for maintenance on all electronic systems and electronic equipment for assigned local and remote areas and serves as the immediate supervisor for the site's field maintenance electronics staff.
Electronic Technicians (RT)
The ET provides specialized support for scientific or engineering operations or research, serving as a specialist in a narrow aspect of electronic engineering.
Administrative Assistant (ASA)
This principal administrative assistant to the MIC and performs a wide range of administrative functions for the staff management team.

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