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NWSFO CHARLESTON, WV

(RLX)

STATION LOCATION: After being located at Yeager Airport since 1950, the office moved in May 1995. The office is located in a business park about 7 miles southwest of downtown Charleston off of Route 119 South. By car, take the Oakwood Exit off of Interstate 64 at the Kanawha River. Turn right and travel about 6 miles on Route 199 South. After passing the Southridge Shopping Centre traffic light, continue south on Route 119 another quarter of a mile. Then turn left on Parkway Road. The office is located along the right side of Parkway Road, about 300 yards from Route 119.

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STATION ACTIVITY: (1) A full public service station for much of West Virginia (excluding the 2 panhandles), extreme Southwest Virginia (west of Roanoke), Southeast Ohio and extreme Northeast Kentucky. The terrain ranges from the rolling hills in the western lowlands to steep mountainous slopes in eastern and southern counties. Rain and snowfall vary greatly across the region.

Flash Flood Watches and Winter Storm Watches/Warnings are issued for this region. Flash flood warnings and severe local storm warnings are issued for 52 counties in the 4 states. Public forecasters use the Interactive Computer programs to help compose zone forecasts, warnings, and statements. The office serves as the main NWS contact for several West Virginia State agencies. Yet, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) works closely with all 4 states. (2) Aviation forecasts are issued for 6 airports and 2 routes. (3) Hydrologic servivce area includes the several headwater rivers, plus a portion of the Ohio River that flows through the 52 counties in the warning area. The hydrology and meteorology work at the office is highly intergrated. Current river stages and 3 day forecasts are issued daily. River flood warnings and statements are issued during flood episodes with crest information. A network of cooperative observers are maintained to measure precipitation and temperature data. Automatic rain gages in the IFLOWS Network and SKYWARN Spotters are also maintained and used to supplement standard observations. (4) The weather radar KRLX 88D is located on a hilltop above the office. (5) Eight weather radio stations are programmed 24 hours a day. Individualized broadcasts are heard from Northern West Virginia to Southeast Kentucky. (6) Research and training is ongoing as equipment and methodology changes frequently.

Transient and Permanent Living Quarters: Motels in downtown Charleston provide adequate lodging for transients at standard rates. Cheaper motels can be found along the river valley both east and west of the downtown area. Monthly rentals for a 2 bedroom apartment usually run betwen $400-$600. House rentals are limited and costly. Building lots are scarce and construction can be very expensive. New and older homes for sale under $70,000 are rare. Homes over $100,000 are plentiful and usually available throughout the year. The average purchase price of a home (including new and old houses) from the multi-listing service is $80,000.

Eating Facilities: Numerous eating facilites are nearby.

Local Transportation: Taxi and public transit service is available. Public transit servie connects most points in the city, but is not available to the office.

Community Description: Charleston is the State Capitol, county seat, business, financial and health center for most of central and southern West Virginia. The city has spread east and west along the Kanawha River and the surrounding hilltops. Elevation of the river valley is around 600 feet above sea level with the nearby hilltops reaching to about 1100 feet. The city population is near 70,000. The metropolitan region stretches further along the Kanawha and Elk River valleys, plus adjacent to the major highways. Its population is around 250,000. A liberal arts college is located in the city. Several state technical schools are within commuting distance. There are churches of all denominations. Plentiful community, county and state recreational areas are in the vicinity. The city is the gateway to the central Appalachians with a national forest, state parks, scenic rivers, and wilderness areas within easy reach to the east.

Tax Information: A 6% state tax is imposed on most purchases, including food. A 5% tax is imposed on blue book value of any motor vehicle when it is titled in the State. A graduated state income tax amounts to about $800 (with 4 dependents) to around $1100 (with no dependents) for a gross income of $30,000. A gross income of $40,000 makes the range about $1200-$1600. There is no city income tax. Real estate taxes are considerably less than the average in the northeastern United States and a little below the national average. Yearly real estate taxes are generally $250-$600 and seldom exceed $1,000 on homes up to $150,000. Personal property tax (on boats, cars, mobile homes) range from $2.86 (rural) to $3.61 (city) per hundred of assessed value (assessed value is approximately 60% of current book value).

Child Care Facilities: Child care facilities are available in adequate quantity during the day shift on weekdays. However, such facilites are very scarce for other times.

Climate: The weather is typified by 4 distinct seasons. Yet, the environment can be highly changeable, especially from late autumn through spring. During this period, both arctic and tropic air have easy access to the region. Winter can vary greatly from one season to the next. Total snowfall has ranged from less than 5 inches to more than 70 inches. Normally, around 30 inches of snow falls from November through March. Heavy snows are infrequent. Rarely are more than 5 inches of snow deposited in a 24 hour period. Winter snow amounts increase dramatically over the Appalachians, less than 50 miles to the east.

High temperatures during the winter average in the lower 40s, with lows in the mid 20s. However, during each winter, temperatures will remain below freezing for a few days. Prolonged cloudiness and snow flurries frequently accompany cold weather. Temperatures warm rapidly in the spring. Afternoon readings in the 60s and 70s are common, along with low humidity. Summer and early autumn have less changeable weather.

Summer hot spells usually bring considerable haze, temperatures in the low and mid 90s along with uncomfortable humidity. From July into early October, fog is standard in the early morning. July, with its numerous thunderstorms is typically the wettest month, while October is usually the driest. The first freezing temperature frequently arrives by mid October.

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