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Components of our office

Photograph of much of our staff members during a recent retirement breakfast - click to enlarge

The Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) oversees the office operations and ensures everything runs smoothly. The MIC works with the management team and the office staff to plan the offices activities and budget.

The Administrative Support Assistant (ASA) analyzes the official business of the office such as the budget, invoices, contracts, purchase orders, travel, payroll, timecards, human resources, telecommunications, property, procurement, mail, and assists with outreach, diversity, EEO, and public relations.

The Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) is the individual who is responsible for the warning program at the office (i.e. warning information that is sent to the public, verification of warnings, formatting warning information for "Storm Data" publication). This includes interacting with emergency managers, county officials, schools and the media.

The Science Operations Officer (SOO) handles scientific and technical issues at the office including developing or requesting training materials to improve or enhance forecasts/warnings issued by forecasters. The SOO also organizes training seminars and leads the office's research and collaboration initiatives.

The Data Acquisition Program Manager (DAPM) oversees data retrieval at the office including meteorological and hydrological observations and the Cooperative Observer Program.

The Electronic Systems Administrator (ESA) oversees the maintenance of various systems inside and outside the office. This would include the Local Area Network (LAN), NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, AWIPS (Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System), WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System).

Senior Forecasters are typically the more experienced forecasters who ensure that weather service products such as forecasts and warnings are issued in a timely fashion. The senior forecasters are shift supervisors who make shift decisions, assign duties, log equipment outages, and keep a log of events.

Journeyman Forecasters, like the senior forecaster, routinely issue public, aviation and marine forecasts and work the radar when necessary.

The Service Hydrologist is responsible for the hydrology program including the collection hydrologic data, the issuance of hydrologic forecasts and warnings, and interacting with NWS hydrologic partners and customers.

The Hydrometeorological Technicians (HMT's), are responsible for a variety of office tasks but they are primarily concerned with data collection, routine hydrologic products, and public service issues.

Meteorological Interns (Interns) are training to become a journeyman forecaster with the National Weather Service. The meteorological intern routinely performs the duties of an HMT while learning and understanding NWS procedures. The meteorological intern occasionally works the long-term/short-term forecast desk.

The Information Technology Officer (ITO) writes and implements computer programs and troubleshoots existing programs. The ITO also analyzes current systems (networking, computer security, etc.) in order to find where improvements could be made. The improvements are related to product generation (i.e. making forecast products easier to produce and more useful to the public) and dissemination.

The Electronics Technicians (ET) are primarily involved with maintaining systems inside and outside the office such as computer equipment, NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, Upper Air equipment, and new weather service technology such as the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System).






National Weather Service
Raleigh Forecast Office
1005 Capability Drive, Suite 300
Centennial Campus
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606-5226
(919) 515-8209
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