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NWSFO BOSTON/TAUNTON, MA

NORTHEAST RIVER FORECAST CENTER

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STATION LOCATION: This office is located at 445 Myles Standish Blvd. in the Myles Standish Industrial Park, Taunton, Massachusetts. The office is readily accessible via Exit 9 from interstate route 495. WFO Taunton shares a modern facility with the Northeast River Forecast Center.

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STATION ACTIVITY: The Southern New England NWFO operates 24 hours per day and provides weather services to diversified users. The major warning and forecast service programs and associated areas of responsibility are: public warnings for Massachusetts (except Berkshire County), Rhode Island, northern Connecticut, and southern New Hampshire, routine public and aviation terminal forecasts for southern New England, marine services for the coastal waters from Merrimack River, Massachusetts to Watch Hill, Rhode Island and for the New England continental shelf and slope waters out to one thousand fathoms (including the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank), fire weather services for all six New England states (and four Federal agencies situated in New England), and hydrologic service area responsibility for much of southern New England (effective December 1, 1994). This office is involved with coordination and preparedness activities for a number of state and Federal agencies (including FEMA's Region I Headquarters).

TRANSIENT AND PERMANENT LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS: There are many motels and hotels in and around the area; single rooms are available also at guest houses. Housing is available within a 20-30 mile radius although housing rentals are few. Housing costs have risen markedly in the Boston area in recent years. Apartments begin around $900 per month; house prices begin around $300,000. In either case (apartments or houses) the better the location, the higher the price! Generally, our employees' commuting time by car to WFO Taunton/NERFC is between 20 and 45 minutes depending on direction and distance.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: By Automobile: I-495 to Exit 9 (Bay Street). Proceed South of the I-495/Bay Street interchange a short distance to the first light. (This is the entrance to Myles Standish Industrial Park.) Turn right at the light onto Industrial Drive. In about a half mile you will pass a Holiday Inn on the right. At this point Industrial Drive becomes Myles Standish Blvd. (no sign). Proceed another 1/2 mile to the office (on left-set back from road but sign is at driveway entrance). Due to a median strip on Myles Standish Blvd, you need to overshoot the office driveway a short distance and doubleback at the nearest U-turn access

EATING FACILITIES: Vending machines are located in the office to purchase soda, juice, and cookies. Sandwiches and beverages are available at nearby sandwich shops; there are many restaurants within a few miles.

COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: Taunton is located in Southeastern Massachusetts. It is bordered by Easton on the north, Raynham and Lakeville on the east, Berkley andDighton on the south, and Rehoboth and Norton on the west. The area was first settled in 1639 and the town was incorporated in 1864. Iron manufacturing began in 1656 following the discovery of ore on the baks of Two Mile River. This was the first sucessful venture of its kind in Americca and led to the establishment of other Iron works. Taunton remains industrial with primary interest in metals, machinery and textiles.

It is a major producer of jewelery and silverware, and there are also substantial publishing and electronic interests. Suitable housing can be obtained in surrounding communities. Nearby, Greater Boston area excels in educational and medical facilities. Year-round sports and recreational features abound throughout the area. Massachusetts has a 5% state income tax.

CHILD CARE FACILITIES: Child care facilities are located in and around the surrounding communities.

CLIMATE: Climate is the composite of numerous weather elements. Three important influences are responsible for the main features of SE Mass.' climate. First, the latitude near (42ON) places the city in the zone of prevailing west to east atmospheric flow in which are encompassed the northward and southward movements of large bodies of air from tropical and polar regions. This results in variety and changeability of the weather elements. Secondly, SE Mass is situated on or near several tracks frequently followed by systems of low air pressure. The consequent fluctuations from fair to cloudy or stormy conditions reinforce the influence of the first factor, while also assuring a rather dependable precipitation supply. The third factor, SE Mass' east coast location, is a moderating factor affecting temperature extremes of winter and summer.

Hot summer afternoons are frequently relieved by the locally celebrated "sea breeze," as air flows inland from the cool water surface to displace the warm westerly current. In winter, under appropriate conditions, the severity of cold waves is reduced by the nearness of the then relatively warm water. SE Mass has no dry season. For most years the longest run of days with no measurable precipitation does not extend much more than two weeks. Much of the rainfall from June to September comes from showers and thunderstorms. During the rest of the year, low pressure systems pass more or less regularly and produce precipitation on an average of roughly one day in three. The average number of days with four inches or more of snowfall is four per season, and days with seven inches or more come about twice per season. Annual average rainfall is 44 inches; annual average snowfall is 41 inches.

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