National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Dangerous Heat in the Northeast and Northwest U.S.; Areas of Excessive Rainfall In the Ohio Valley and Southwest

Dangerous heat will continue to impact portions of the Northwest and Northeast U.S. through this evening. Monsoon showers and thunderstorms may result in flash flooding and debris flows from the Four Corners region into the Great Basin this week. A slow moving cold front will bring heavy thunderstorms which may produce excessive rainfall over the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday. Read More >

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Electronics and Systems Support

Forecasting the weather requires a significant amount of sophisticated computers, observing systems, and communications equipment. Our office has a staff of four individuals that work to service, maintain, and program the electronics and information technology equipment that you've seen on the tour. The staff includes an Electronics Systems Analyst (ESA), two Electronics Technicians (ET's), and an Information Technology Officer (ITO).

The ESA and ET's maintain and repair the KRAX Doppler radar, nine Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) units across our CWA, the Upper Air or Radiosonde (Weather Balloon) system, most of the communications equipment, and the station's computers.

The Information Technology Officer (ITO) writes and implements computer programs and troubleshoots existing programs. The ITO also analyzes current systems (networking, computer security, etc.) in order to find where improvements could be made. The improvements are related to product generation (i.e. making forecast products easier to produce and more useful to the public) and dissemination.