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NWSFO RALEIGH/DURHAM, N.C.
STATION LOCATION: NWSFO Raleigh is located on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. This unique location partners us with university faculty and students in a research oriented atmosphere. We are just miles away from Durham, North Carolina, home of Duke University and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home of the University of North Carolina. The office is physically located inside the city limits, just two miles from downtown and the State Capitol. Interstate 40 provides a direct connection to Research Triangle Park and RDU International Airport, both located 15 miles west of the campus. The listed telephone number for the Administrative Office is 919-515-8209.
STATION ACTIVITY: Currently,NWSFO Raleigh is the Forecast Office for the state of North Carolina and issues state, zone, coastal waters, aviation terminals, route forecasts, and watches and warnings for hazardous weather. As the National Weather Service's modernization comes to a close, this office will shed some of the above forecasting responsibility. Two other offices in the state will provide forecasts for their areas. These offices are located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Newport, North Carolina.
The office at Raleigh has a Fire Weather Program which provides wildfire weather forecasts for federal and state government interests. The Service Hydrologist provides forecasts and warnings for the rivers in the central part of the state and supervises the hydrologic programs at WFOs Newport and Wilmington. The Warning Coordination Meteorologist conducts disaster preparedness activities, including training of severe weather spotters. Other duties include the evaluation and coordination of forecast programs in central North Carolina. The Science and Operations Officer is the scientific leader in joint research projects conducted with the collocated University and others.
The office's Observation Program includes a WSR-88D dopplar weather radar. Other responsibilities include the preparation of weather summaries, making direct radio broadcasts, and acting as the State Relay Center for the NOAA Weather Wire. NWSFO Raleigh broadcasts on four NWR transmitters.
TRANSIENT AND PERMANENT LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS: Raleigh is and has been a rapidly growing transient area. Housing facilities have kept pace with growth and numerous apartments, condominiums and townhomes are available. Many new schools have been constructed.
Medium price of homes is $150,000. Rents average $600 to $800 per month. Hotels are located within a few miles of the office. Planned development will bring a town center, residential housing, and state-of-the-art conference and hotel facilities to the Centennial Campus where the office is located.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: The Capital Area Transit and its connectors serve riders in the city and adjacent areas of Raleigh. The University's Wolfline also provides transportation for staff and faculty while on campus grounds. However, a vehicle is necessary for commuting to the office. Parking is by permit only. A few metered spaces are available for visitors.
EATING FACILITIES: The office location, close to the downtown area and the main campus of the University, provides an abundance of eating establishments. National chains as well as ethnic cuisine, and down-home cookin' are just a few of the choices available.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: Raleigh is the capitol of North Carolina and home to 240,000 people. It is the largest city in the metropolitan area known as the Triangle which has a population fast approaching the one million mark. In addition to a wide variety of attractions and services, Raleigh is the home of North Carolina State University and six other universities. Its close proximity to the Research Triangle Park makes it a prime location for business, research and industry. The Research Triangle Park is a mix of local, national and international firms.
Public and private schools, from pre-school through high school are keeping pace with community growth. Churches of all denominations are located in the area. North Carolina is noted for a variety of recreational facilities from skiing in the mountains, to surf riding at the shore. Raleigh is just a four hour drive from the mountains in the west and the beaches lie just three hours away to the east. Hunting and fishing equal the best of other areas.
TAX INFORMATION: North Carolina state income tax deductions are similar to federal income tax. Exemptions are single, $3,000, married, $2,500 and $2,000 for each qualified dependent. State income tax is approximately 7%.
CHILD CARE AND ELDER CARE FACILITIES: Many day care centers and nurseries are available. Prices range from $90 to $150 per week per child depending on age and facilities offered.
There is a growing need for elder care in all communities. Raleigh is keeping pace by offering several options for senior dependents.
CLIMATE: Being centrally located between the mountains on the west, and the coast on the south and east, the Raleigh area enjoys a favorable climate. There are a few days in the heart of the winter season when the temperature falls below 20 degrees. While snow and sleet usually occur each year, excessive accumulation of snow is rare. Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year. July has, on the average, the greatest amount of rainfall, and November the least. There are times in the spring and summer when soil moisture is scanty. This usually results from too many days between rains rather than from a shortage of total rainfall. Most summer rain is produced by thundershowers, which may occasionally be accompanied by strong winds, intense rains and hail. Average high temperatures range from the lower 50s in the winter to the upper 80s in the summer. Average lows range from the upper 20s in the winter to near 70 in the summer. Average rainfall is just over 42 inches a year and average snowfall is 7 inches per year.