Service field office locations:
S. Burlington, VT.
Johnson City, NY.
State College, PA.
Mount Holly, NJ.
W. Columbia, SC.
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NWSO BINGHAMTON, NY
STATION LOCATION: Located at Binghamton Regional Airport (32 Dawes
Drive). 10 miles northwest of the City of Binghamton.
Telephones: (607) 729-1597 (Public)
STATION ACTIVITY: 24 hour operation. The Office program consists of the
1. Warning and Forecast Responsibility for 17 counties in New York and 7 counties in Pennsylvania;
2. Aviation Forecasts (6 Terminals);
3. Hydrologic Service Area Responsibility for the Chemung, Upper Delaware, and Susquehanna from its headwaters to Wilkes-Barre;
4. Quantitative Precipitation Forecast Responsibility for Delaware River Master,
5. NOAA Weather Radio (9 transmitters)
6. WSR-88D Radar;
7. Data Quality Control and Maintenance of numerous ASOS sites and LARC precipitation and river stage gages;
8. Co-op Observers Program Responsibility;
9. Supervision of SAWRS/LAWRS stations;
10. Binghamton ASOS Back-up and Augmentation;
11. Public briefings both in person and by telephone;
12. Media briefings upon request (radio and TV);
13. Warning Preparedness Program for 24 county area;
14. Numerous ongoing applied research projects;
TRANSIENT AND PERMANENT LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS: The closest motels are approximately 7 miles from the airport. There is a wide choice of motels within Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott. Rental housing includes houses, duplex, and newer apartment complexes. Affordable housing with many good homes available in the $90 - $150,000 range. Land is also relatively inexpensive. Large parcels can be purchased for as little as $500 to $1000 an acre in some nearby areas.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION: There is no public transportation to the airport.
EATING FACILITIES: A sub/sandwich shop in the Terminal Building is open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. Another convenience store serving food is approximately 1 mile away.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: The City of Binghamton is at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. About 10 miles north of the Pennsylvania border. Interstates 81 and 88 and Route 17 merge at Binghamton. The area is known as the "Triple Cities" for Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott. The metropolitan population is about 80,000. Broome County also bills itself as the "Carousel Capitol of the World". There are six antique wood carousels located at various parks, and admission is free at all of them. The area is quite hilly with the airport on top of Mt. Ettrick, about 800 feet higher than the city. There are good
schools and churches of all denominations, and a number of service clubs and lodges. The State University of New York and Broome Community College are located here. All types of recreational activities are nearby . . . boating and fishing in the Finger Lakes, skiing, a State Park and various county or city parks and lakes, a zoo, and numerous golf courses.
TAXES: There is a graduated income tax in New York State from 4% to 6.85% of your adjusted gross income. There are standard deductions of $7,500 for a single person, $13,400 for a married person filing jointly, and $6,700 for a married person filing separately. There is also a personal exemption of $1,000 for each exemption claimed on the Federal form. New York State also has a sales tax of 4%. In addition, area counties levy county wide sales taxes of 4%. School and property taxes are generally between $2,000 and $5,000 a year, depending on location and property assessment.
CHILD CARE FACILITIES: There are many day care centers and nurseries available in the area. Commercial 24-hour day care is currently unavailable.
CLIMATE: The office is located in south central upstate New York in the upper Susquehanna Valley. The Catskills Mountains are to the east while the Finger Lakes are to the northwest. The area receives four seasons with a wide range of temperatures and weather from summer to winter and day to day. Extreme weather only happens a few days each season. High temperatures range from 28 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 79 degrees in July. In winter an average of 8 days are below zero. In summer less than 7 days have temperatures in the 90s
with dewpoint temperatures in the upper 60s or lower 70s. In the summer, overnight lows usually are in the 50s and 60s except for one or two nights where it stays in the 70s. The growing season is about 160 days long. Precipitation is spread out fairly evenly from month to month. Monthly amounts vary from 2.33 inches in February to 3.60 inches in June. Long term droughts are rare. Yearly precipitation is 37 inches and snowfall is 83 inches at the airport. With the airport over 800 feet above the city of Binghamton, snowfall in the valley is about 55 inches per season. Most of the snow falls from late November to late March. 23 days a year receive one inch or more of snow with less than six days receiving 6 or more inches on average. An average of 7 days a year have freezing rain. With the close proximity to Lake Ontario lake effect snow occurs a few weeks every winter mainly in November and December. Most of the snow falls as flurries but sunshine is scant. The snow and temperatures below freezing benefit the many ski areas within a two hour's drive. With also the close proximity to the Atlantic coast, the area can be affected by blizzards and to a lesser extent by hurricanes. These events combined happen less than once a year. Thunderstorms are mainly prevalent in the summer with an average of 29 a year.