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  This is the Operations Area where most of the action occurs. Every product we issue is composed and sent from this part of the office. You can see that computers dominate our workplace. There are at least two meteorologists working in Operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  The Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) is the centerpiece of our work. We have five of these high-performance workstations in Operations. On them we can display just about any combination of weather observation data, forecast models, maps, and text products.

Specialized software called the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) is used to create our entire suite of graphical forecast products. We also examine a large quantity of Doppler radar data on our workstations and issue severe weather warnings.

  The above picture shows the NOAA Weather and All Hazards Radio processor. Our office operates eight separate radio stations in the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. The system automatically digitizes text products into a synthesized voice file and arranges the program suites for each transmitter. Because the computer-generated voice is so much more efficient than manual recordings, we are able to provide better radio coverage, make fewer errors, and broadcast important messages in a more timely fashion.

  The WSR-88D is the National Weather Service's Doppler radar system. It is vital to our severe weather operations and warning process. All base radar data is acquired by a large, 28-ft diameter rotating dish inside this radome. The raw data is immediately sent to the Computer Room where it is processed into useful images.  

  Skywarn is an official network of civilian severe weather spotters. Although some Skywarn spotters call in reports on the phone, many of them utilize the tightly connected community of amateur radio. During active weather events, a community volunteer will regulate a "net control" on either the 2 meter or 70 centimeter radio bands, soliciting reports and conveying them to the meteorologists.  

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Weather Forecast Office Greenville-Spartanburg
GSP International Airport
1549 GSP Drive
Greer, SC 29651
(864) 848-3859
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