Introduction

Service Area

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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.

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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.

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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

Greenville-Spartanburg Weather Forecast Office
1549 GSP Drive
Greer, South Carolina 29651

Morehead City Weather Forecast Office
533 Roberts Road
Newport, North Carolina 28570

Morristown Weather Forecast Office
5974 Commerce Blvd.
Morristown, Tennessee 37814

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

Wakefield Weather Forecast Office
10009 General Mahone Highway
Wakefield, Virginia 23888

Wilmington Weather Forecast Office
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.

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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

Jeff Orrock, Wakefield, VA

Dave Wert, Blacksburg, VA

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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, Wakefiled, VA

Phil Manuel, Blacksburg, VA

James Merrell, Morehead City, NC

Josh Weiss, Wilmington, NC

John Tomko, Greeville-Spartanburg, SC

Participating Agencies

The following agencies are participants of this operating plan:

USDI National Park Service.

NOAA National Weather Service

Nature Conservancy

NC Forest Service

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

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