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What is a WCM?

One of the key positions at the Charleston Weather Service Forecast Office is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM). The WCM is a highly visible person with a majority of time devoted to making sure that the products and services available to the public from the Charleston Forecast Office are the best and most effective they can be. Another way to look at the WCM is to consider the position to be a customer service representative dealing with all the service programs provided by the office. These include severe weather watches, warnings and statements along with routine forecasts, public safety education and the promotion of the science of Meteorology to schools and civic groups. The WCM also trains and helps maintain the SkywarnTM network of weather spotters. These networks form a vital data-gathering component of the observational system. Forecasters need spotter observations to verify weather away from the office, which often times leads to more timely warnings and watches.

The WCM is in regular communication with all the users of weather information supplied by the office. Among those clients served are emergency managers, the media, law enforcement officials and others who depend on rapid and dependable access to all types of weather information. This communication, facilitated by the WCM, allows problems to be identified and corrected before they become serious...as well as encouraging ideas to expand and improve overall service.

Essentially, the goal is service, with potential life-saving information the product which must be delivered and strictly quality controlled. Since both data sources and forecast distribution methods are becoming increasingly complex, the WCM is dedicated to ensure that the lines of communication between the weather office and both suppliers and users of weather information remain open and operate effectively.


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