Service Area


Organizational Directory

Service Area

The service area covered by this AOP is the entire state of South Carolina.

Forecast areas are tied to the "radar umbrella" of the WSR-88D Doppler Radar. The umbrella is the area which is covered by the radar volume scan. This means that forecasts are not bound by state political borders, although county borders are generally observed.

The South Carolina forecast areas are each covered by a different NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO).

The counties covered by the WFO CHS (Charleston) include:

Allendale Beaufort Berkeley Charleston
Colleton Dorchester Hampton Jasper

The counties covered by the WFO CAE (Columbia) include:

Aiken Bamberg Barnwell Calhoun
Chesterfield Clarendon Edgefield Fairfield
Kershaw Lancaster Lee Lexington
McCormick Newberry Orangeburg Saluda
Sumter Richland

The counties covered by the WFO GSP include:

Abbeville Anderson Cherokee Chester
Greenville Greenwood Laurens Oconee
Pickens Spartanburg Union York

The counties covered by the WFO ILM (Wilmington) include:

Darlington Dillon Florence Georgetown
Horry Marion Marlboro Williamsburg

National Weather Service Headquarters

NWS Headquarters, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, establishes policies and coordinates the national fire weather program. The national program manager coordinates the program with the regional program managers. The national program manager also works with the national headquarters of the Federal forestry and land management agencies and the Association of State Foresters in determining overall forestry and land management requirements for meteorological support. The national program manager coordinates national training in forestry and fire weather for NWS forecasters.


National Weather Service Regional Headquarters

Regional Headquarters manage the technical operational aspects of the fire weather program within each region. They also provide guidance and assistance to meteorologists-in-charge (MIC) on program operations and problems through Supplements to the National Directives System (NDS) and conferences. Regional Headquarters advise National Headquarters on matters pertaining to technical planning and operations. The regional program managers coordinate the regions' fire weather programs and advise the Regional Directors on the operational and administrative aspects of the regions' programs.


Weather Forecast Offices (WFO)

Weather Forecast Offices prepare and disseminate forecast products for all sectors of the population, including those for the Fire Weather program. These offices are responsible for providing forecasts for user agencies within their County Warning and Forecast Area (CWFA). Most offices have a designated fire weather focal point or fire weather program leader.

The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices serving South Carolina will provide 24-hour, 365 days a year service. WFO's can be reached at:

Charleston National Weather Service
5777 South Aviation Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29406

Columbia National Weather Service
2909 Aviation Way
Columbia, South Carolina 29170

Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service
1549 GSP Drive
Greer, South Carolina 29651

Wilmington National Weather Service
2015 Gardner Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

NOTE: Unlisted telephone numbers used for coordination cannot be listed here. All user agencies have been or will be provided voice and fax numbers to be used for official purposes only.


Meteorologists-in-Charge (MIC)

The Meteorologists-in-Charge are responsible for the provision of adequate forestry and fire weather services for the offices' assigned areas of program responsibility. The MIC's will ensure that the focal points or program leaders are provided adequate time for user liaison and assistance activities.

Kim Campbell, Columbia, SC

Michael Caropolo, Wilmington, NC

Michael Emlaw, Charleston, SC

Larry Gabric, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC


Program Leaders (or Focal Points)

Fire weather focal points and program leaders are the "customer service representatives" for the program. The focal points or program leaders, as representatives of the MIC's, are in regular contact with land management agencies, helping them assess their meteorological needs, informing them of NWS products and services available to meet these needs, and educating them in the most effective use of the various NWS products and resources, including NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). Focal points and program leaders will work with users to utilize existing NWS products and services produced for other programs that could meet the requirements of wildland management. The focal points and program leaders are also tasked with ensuring staff meteorologists are trained and remain proficient in preparing forecast products for support of the fire weather program.

Mike Proud, Columbia, SC

Josh Weiss, Wilmington, NC

John Tomko, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Bob Bright, Charleston, SC

Participating Agencies

The following agencies are participants of this operating plan:

National Weather Service.

National Park Service.

Savannah River Site.

South Carolina Forestry Commission.

The Nature Conservancy.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

United States Forest Service.

U.S. Army, Department of Defense.