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Station History

April 1884

Cooperative observations of temperature and precipitation begin in Greenville.

April 8, 1897

Cooperative observations of temperature and precipitation begin in Spartanburg. 

October 6, 1917

U.S. Weather Bureau opens office at the Greenville County courthouse. 

October 1, 1925

Weather Bureau office relocates to Chamber of Commerce Building. 

June 14, 1930

Weather Bureau office opens at Spartanburg Airport to provide aviation weather services. 

June 30, 1933

Greenville Weather Bureau office moves to 313 Choice St. 

September 5, 1934

Greenville Weather office closes, observations reverted back to cooperative status.

January 1, 1938

Greenville Weather Bureau office reopens at the U.S. Post Office and courthouse at 300 E. Washington St. 

December 11, 1941

Office moves to the Greenville Municipal Airport to provide aviation weather services. 

October 15, 1962

Weather offices at the Greenville Municipal and Spartanburg Airports consolidated at the new Greenville-Spartanburg Jetport and located on the second floor of the control tower building. During this period, a 10 county service area in Upstate South Carolina was established and the Weather Bureau began to emphasize public service as the science of meteorology advanced. 


the Weather Bureau became the National Weather Service under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US Department of Commerce

In the mid 1970s

NOAA Weather Radio was designated as the only method by which the federal government could broadcast directly to the public. NOAA Weather Radio remains an effective method of receiving warnings and routine weather information.

Doppler radar was developed in the 1970s and 1980s and the National Weather Service began its most ambitious Modernization program. The Greenville-Spartanburg Office moved to this location on May 24, 1995 and began to consolidate services for northeast Georgia and the western Carolinas on October 1, 1995. At the same time we began to operate the new WSR-88D weather radar. The original 10 county service area has grown to 46 counties as the office begins the transformation into a Weather Forecast Office. 

December 1, 1998

The NWS at Greenville-Spartanburg assumed forecast and long-fused watch/warning/advisory responsibility. 

May 4, 2000

With the commissioning of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), the NWS Greenville-Spartanburg has completed all the requirements of the National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring (MAR). Therefore, the official designation for the office has changed from that of an NWSO (NEXRAD Weather Service Office) to that of a WFO (Weather Forecast Office).

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Weather Forecast Office Greenville-Spartanburg
GSP International Airport
1549 GSP Drive
Greer, SC 29651
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