Service Area


Organizational Directory

Service Area

The service area covered by this AOP is the state of North Carolina, served by the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices at Blacksburg, VA (RNK), Greenville - Spartanburg, SC (GSP), Morehead City, NC (MHX), Morristown, TN (MRX), Raleigh, NC (RAH), Wakefield, VA (AKQ), and Wilmington, NC (ILM).

Forecast areas are tied to the "radar umbrella" of the WSR-88D Doppler Radar. The umbrella is the area which is covered by the radar volume scan. This means that forecasts are not bound by state political borders, although county borders are generally observed. The North Carolina portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is covered by the NWS office in Morristown, TN. For a map of the fire weather zones in NC, see the appendix.

The AKQ forecast area covers portions of northeast North Carolina.

The northeast North Carolina counties covered by WFO AKQ (Wakefield, VA) include:

Bertie Camden Chowan
Currituck Gates Hertford
Northampton Pasquotank Perquimans

The GSP forecast area covers much of western North Carolina.

The western North Carolina counties covered by WFO GSP (Greenville - Spartanburg, SC) include:

Alexander Avery Buncombe Burke
Cabarrus Caldwell Catawba Cleveland
Davie Gaston Graham Haywood
Henderson Iredell Jackson Lincoln
Macon Madison McDowell Mecklenburg
Mitchell Polk Rowan Rutherford
Swain Transylvania Union Yancey

The ILM forecast area covers southeast North Carolina.

The southeast North Carolina counties covered by WFO ILM (Wilmington, NC) include:

Bladen Brunswick Columbus
New Hanover Pender Robeson

The MHX forecast area covers eastern North Carolina.

The eastern North Carolina counties covered by WFO MHX (Morehead City, NC) include:

Beaufort Carteret Craven
Dare Duplin Greene
Hyde Jones Lenoir
Martin Onslow Pamlico
Pitt Tyrell Washington

The MRX forecast area covers southwest North Carolina.

The southwest North Carolina counties covered by WFO MRX (Morristown, TN) include:

Cherokee Clay

The RAH forecast area covers central North Carolina.

The central North Carolina counties covered by WFO RAH (Raleigh, NC) include:

Alamance Anson Chatham Cumberland
Davidson Durham Edgecombe Forsyth
Franklin Granville Guilford Halifax
Harnett Hoke Johnston Lee
Montgomery Moore Nash Orange
Person Randolph Richmond Sampson
Scotland Stanly Vance Wake
Warren Wayne Wilson

The RNK forecast area covers northwest North Carolina.

The northwest North Carolina counties covered by WFO RNK (Blacksburg, VA) include:

Alleghany Ashe Caswell
Rockingham Stokes Surry
Watauga Wilkes Yadkin

National Weather Service Headquarters

NWS Headquarters, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, establishes policies and coordinates the national fire weather program. The national program manager coordinates the program with the regional program managers. The national program manager also works with the national headquarters of the Federal forestry and other natural resource management agencies and the Association of State Foresters in determining overall requirements for meteorological support. The national program manager coordinates national training in forestry and fire weather for NWS forecasters.


National Weather Service Regional Headquarters

Regional Headquarters manage the technical operational aspects of the fire weather program within each region. They also provide guidance and assistance to meteorologists-in-charge (MIC) on program operations and developing issues through Supplements to the National Directives System (NDS) and conferences. Regional Headquarters advise National Headquarters on matters pertaining to technical planning and operations. The regional program managers coordinate the regions' fire weather programs and advise the Regional Directors on the operational and administrative aspects of the regions' programs.


Weather Forecast Offices (WFO)

Weather Forecast Offices prepare and disseminate forecast products for all sectors of the population, including those for the Fire Weather program. These offices are responsible for providing forecasts for user agencies within their County Warning and Forecast Area (CWFA). Most offices have a designated fire weather focal point or fire weather program leader.

The National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices will provide 24-hour, 365 days a year service. The NWS WFO's can be reached at:

Blacksburg Weather Forecast Office
VA Tech Corporate Research Center
1750 Forecast Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

National Weather Service
1549 GSP Drive
Greer, South Carolina 29651

National Weather Service
533 Roberts Road
Newport, North Carolina 28570

National Weather Service
5974 Commerce Blvd.
Morristown, Tennessee 37814

National Weather Service
Centennial Campus
1005 Capability Drive
Research Building III, Suite 300
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

National Weather Service
10009 General Mahone Highway
Wakefield, Virginia 23888

National Weather Service
2015 Gardner Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

NOTE: Unlisted telephone numbers used for coordination cannot be listed here. All user agencies have been or will be provided voice and fax numbers to be used for official purposes only.


Meteorologists-in-Charge (MIC)

The Meteorologists-in-Charge are responsible for the provision of adequate weather services for the offices' assigned areas of program responsibility. The MIC's will ensure that the focal points or program leaders are provided adequate time for user liaison and assistance activities.

Michael Caropolo, Wilmington, NC

Darin Figurskey, Raleigh, NC

Larry Gabric, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Rich Bandy, Morehead City, NC

George Mathews, Morristown, TN

Bill Sammler (Acting), Wakefield, VA

Dave Wert, Blacksburg, VA


Program Leaders (or Focal Points)

Fire weather focal points and program leaders are the "customer service representatives" for the program. The focal points or program leaders, as representatives of the MIC's, are in regular contact with the partner agencies, helping them assess their meteorological needs, informing them of NWS products and services available to meet these needs, and educating them in the most effective use of the various NWS products and resources, including NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). Focal points and program leaders will work with users to utilize existing NWS products and services produced for other programs that could meet the requirements of natural resource management. The focal points and program leaders are also tasked with ensuring staff meteorologists are trained and remain proficient in preparing forecast products for support of the fire weather program. Fire Program Leaders can be reached via e-mail on their NWS office fire weather homepage.

Phil Badgett (, Raleigh, NC

David Gaffin (, Morristown, TN

Jonathan Mcgee, Wakefield, VA

Phil Manuel (, Blacksburg, VA

Jim Merrell (, Morehead City, NC

Ron Steve (, Wilmington, NC

John Tomko (, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Participating Agencies

The following agencies are participants of this operating plan:

USDI National Park Service.

NOAA National Weather Service

Nature Conservancy

NC Division of Forest Resources

US Army - Fort Bragg

US Army - Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal

US Marine Corps - Camp Lejeune

US Air Force - Dare County Bomb Range

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Forest Service

USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

NC Division of Parks & Recreation