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NWSO BURLINGTON, VT
STATION LOCATION: The WFO occupies 4700 square feet on the second floor of the Burlington International Airport Terminal Building. The airport is about 3 ˝ miles east of downtown Burlington, 2 miles east of Route I-89, and about ˝ mile north of Route 2. Telephones: Listed (ring-thru) 802 862-2475. Ring-thru number is answered 24 hours, staffing permitting.
STATION ACTIVITY: The WFO operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and maintains a very active public service program and operates three NOAA Weather Radio stations. It is responsible for the issuance of Weather Warnings, and zone forecasts and state forecasts for 7 days into the future, for all but the 2 southern most counties of Vermont, as well as Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties of New York. The office also issues Lake Champlain Marine Forecast (April through October), and a Winter Recreation Forecast (November through April).
The Aviation Program includes preparing Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) for Burlington (KBTV) and Montpelier (KMPV) in Vermont, and Massena (KMSS) and Saranac Lake (KSLK), New York. Route forecasts are prepared for Transcribed Weather Broadcast Route (TWEB) 013 KBTV-KMSS-KART-KSYR and Route 07, KBOS-KLEB-KBTV. Burlington is the third busiest airport in New England. The station also manages ASOS sites throughout the County Warning Forecast Areas and a second order station program for both aviation (SAWRS) and synoptic observations.
An active Network Warning Radar program is maintained utilizing WSR-88D radars KTYX and KCXX. The station manages the Cooperative Observer Network for Vermont and Northern New York.
TRANSIENT AND PERMANENT LIVING QUARTERS: There is variety of hotel, motel and B&B accommodations in and near the Burlington area. Rates vary, ranging from $45 to $200+ per night, and fluctuate seasonally. During the foliage season, rooms are harder to come by and more expensive. A two bedroom apartment rents from between $650 and $1400, a house or townhouse between $800 and $2300. A small house can be purchased for around $99,000 in Burlington’s older section. Prices for a home along the lakefront can exceed $300,000. Prices for an older house in a good suburban area range from about $118,000 to $185,000. New, 2000 sq foot housing in many nearby suburban or out-lying areas range from $225,000 to $350,000. Larger homes are being constructed, which carry much higher prices.
EATING FACILITIES: There is a good restaurant and a full service snack bar in the building, with special prices for employees. There are sandwich shops close by, and fast food shops a short drive away. The station has a kitchen with a refrigerator and small microwave oven.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: General bus service is available with service to/from the airport from 0615 - 2145. A car is essential for anyone working at the WFO, unless housing is obtained within walking distance of the airport or on the bus line. Free employee parking is provided by the airport for airport employees. Major air carriers into Burlington are USAirways, Jet Blue, Northwest, Continental and United Airlines. Regional air carriers include USAir Express, United Express and Continental Express.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: Located in the northwestern portion of the state, about 45 miles south of the Canadian border, Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, with a population of about 65,000. Chittenden County metropolitan area population exceeds 135,000. Other areas of Vermont sharply contrast with recent economic development in Chittenden County, and still remain rural and less populated. The public school systems are rated slightly above the national average academically. There are a number of synagogues and churches of different religious denominations, many with private schools. The University of Vermont, Burlington College and Champlain College are located in Burlington. St. Michael’s College is located in nearby Colchester.
The city is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, a 120 mile long international lake, and the sixth largest fresh water lake in the U.S. The Adirondack Mountains of New York, with peaks above 5,000 feet, lie west of the lake, the Green Mountains of Vermont are east of the city, both are visible from Burlington. Mt. Mansfield, elevation 4,398 feet, is the highest point in Vermont, and is a 40 minute drive from downtown.
RECREATION: There are a wide variety of recreational activities available throughout the year. Many ski areas are located within a 30 minute to 2 hour drive of Burlington, and several are rated among the best in the East. Burlington has its own AAA baseball team, the Vermont Expos, and the local university and colleges provide plenty of sporting events. Montreal, with nearly 2 million people and it’s interesting French Canadian culture, is about an hour and a half drive away. A wide variety of cultural, entertainment and shopping experiences are available. Burlington celebrates New Year’s Eve with a gala "First Night" celebration for the entire family. Activities abound along the Church Street marketplace and the waterfront
TAX INFORMATION: State income tax is 24% of federal tax. There is a 5% State sales tax, 6% for new cars, and a 9% tax on rooms and meals. Annual real estate taxes vary by town, but usually exceed 2% of the market price of your home; the State has recently added a school tax that is based upon property value.
CHILD CARE FACILITIES: Facilities are available throughout the area.
CLIMATE: Burlington is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain at its widest point, 12 miles from the New York shore. About 35 miles to the west lie the highest peaks of the Adirondacks, while the foothills of the Green Mountains begin about 10 miles to the east and southeast. Burlington’s northerly latitude assures it the variety and vigor of a true New England climate. Due to its proximity to the St. Lawrence Valley storm track and the lake effects, the city is one of the cloudiest in the United States. Winters are long, cold and snowy, summers are short but usually pleasant with air conditioning not normally needed. Precipitation, about 35 inches, is evenly distributed throughout the year. Persistent south and north winds blow through the Champlain Valley, but damaging wind occurrences are usually confined to the mountain foothills.
Temperatures in the coldest month, January, range from an average high of 25 to an average low of 8. The lowest temperature on record is -30. During the warmest month, July, the average high is 81 and the average low is 59. Highest temperature on record is 101. Snowfall averages 80 inches for the season. The most snowfall ever recorded for a winter season is 145 inches. Heaviest snowfall from one storm is 30 inches. Snow cover can persist from November into April, though Champlain Valley locations usually see brief interruptions to the snow cover during occasional mid-winter thaws.
Lake Champlain provides a tempering influence on the local temperature. During the winter months, prior to the lake freezing, temperatures along the shore are often 5 to 10 degrees warmer than at the airport, 3 ˝ miles inland. Correspondingly, summer temperatures along the immediate lakeshore are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler.
The most frequent weather hazard in Vermont and Northern New York is rapid response flooding of the mountainous terrain during snow melt and heavy rainfall events.