The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Cleveland Ohio has a staff of 31 employees including many positions such as meteorologists, hydrologists, computer specialists and technicians. Employees in Cleveland must keep a 24 hour watch on the weather, so the office is manned at all hours of the day, 365 days a year. Here is a breakdown of the different positions held at the Forecast Office:
Meteorologist-In-Charge (MIC)The MIC is the top position held at an office. The MIC's job is to make sure the office is running efficiently. The MIC has many functions including scheduling, and personnel management. The MIC can also fill in as a forecaster if needed. Contact our MIC.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM)The WCM is one of the newly created positions during the modernization of the National Weather Service. The WCM's job is to coordinate the warning function of the office. This would include heading the Skywarn Program, conducting spotter training, and being a voice to the local media for the office. He or she is also a liasion between NWSFO Cleveland and various state and local government officials. Learn more about the WCM.
Science Operations Officer (SOO)The SOO is also one of the newly created positions as a result of the modernization of the National Weather Service. The SOO ensures all forecasters, interns and HMT's receive required training in areas such as new forecasting techniques, computer applications and research. Additionally, the SOO is responsible for developing and managing research pertaining to operational meteorology by forecasters and interns at NWSFO Cleveland. He or she also acts as a liasion between NWSFO Cleveland and university researchers.
Data Aquisition Program Manager (DAPM)
This person is in charge of managing the observation and data acquistion programs of NWSFO Cleveland. This includes ensuring the operability and accuracy of the Automated Surface Observation System at locations within NWSFO Cleveland's area of responsibility, managing data collection from the ASOS system and cooperative manual observing sites and ensures that the hydrometeorological technicians (HMT's) and Interns receive required training. He acts as the first-line supervisor of the HMT's and Interns.
Electronic System Analyst (ESA)
The Electronic System Analyst (ESA) is responsible for ensuring all the electronic and communications equipment at NWSFO Cleveland are up and running. This equipment includes an array of computers, satellite receiving systems, the WSR-88D radar, meteorological observation equipment and river/hydrological gages. He/she supervises a staff of Electronic Technicians (ET's) who carry out most of these tasks.
There is a Service Hydrologist or Hydrologic Focal Point at each National Weather Service Forecast Office. The Service Hydrologist is in charge of issuing river flood warnings for the office's warning area. He will also consult the working meteorologists about flood potential and guidance. The Service Hydrologist also acts as a liasion between NWSFO Cleveland and various federal, state and local government officials regarding river stage measurements, flood control and emergency response to flooding issues.
The Senior Forecaster is the head meteorologist on a shift. The Senior Forecaster's responsibilities include supervising the meteorologists, HMT's and Interns during a shift, ensuring quality control of products issued by the NWSFO Cleveland forecasters and HMT/Interns. On a shift, there will typically be one Senior Forecaster, one or two General Forecasters and one or two HMT/Interns. The Senior Forecaster will also be responsible for issuing either aviation, public or marine forecasts during a shift. The Senior Forecaster plays an active role in the local research programs at NWSFO Cleveland.
The General Forecaster is a meteorologist primarily responsible for the issuance of aviation, public or marine forecasts, statements, watches and warnings. He in tandem with the Senior Forecaster are responsible for producing quality forecast products for the general public, aviation and marine interests. The General Forecaster may also be involved in local research on meteorological and forecasting problems as a form of professional development and training. In the absence of a Senior Forecaster, a qualified General Forecaster may assume the duties of the Senior Forecaster during a shift.
Hydro-Meteorological Technician (HMT)
The HMT is primarily responsible for data collection and quality control. He or she collects data from a variety of sources including ASOS, cooperative surface observations, ship reports, buoy reports and hydrological data from remote rain gages and river stage gages. The HMT is responsible for the collection and issuance of climatological data from Cleveland and surrounding locations in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. The HMT's are also responsible for the operation of the NOAA Weather Radio transmitters. Five HMT's currently work at NWSFO Cleveland.
This is a meteorologist who has been with the Weather Service usually less than two years. During this period he/she performs many of the same tasks as the HMT. He also receives training on forecast development, data collection and hydrology. The Met-Intern may under the supervision of a General or Senior Forecaster produce forecasts and statements as part of their training. He is also involved in many public outreach and research activities. After meeting required training objectives, the Met-Intern is eligible to apply for a meteorologist position.