Joint ResponsibilitiesJoint responsibilities include the
Meetings between the NWS offices and the natural resource
The Virginia Interagency Coordination Center conducts at least two meetings
per year, roughly every spring and fall, with all natural resource
agencies and NWS offices serving Virginia invited to attend.
These meetings typically will be held at the Virginia Interagency Coordination
Center (VICC) in Charlottesville, to
minimize travel distance. Although the agenda includes many internal
division matters they are of interagency consequence. Therefore, the
NWS is a Strategic Partner and is invited to these meetings since
topics often include NWS operations.
During times of very high or extreme fire danger, the Virginia Interagency
Coordination Center (VICC) may initiate a conference call to discuss fire danger and weather.
This call may include various partner agencies, and either some, or all of the NWS offices
serving Virginia, depending on the extent of the area of concern. When more than one NWS
office is participating, VICC will ask one NWS office to lead the weather discussion,
which may be followed by input from the other NWS offices for their area. At times when
the entire state is the area of concern, the NWS State Liaison Office in Wakefield will
normally lead the discussion, but this may vary if the area of concern is skewed toward
another NWS office's area. Conference calls will normally be held in the late morning,
when NWS offices are beginning to consider their afternoon forecast package.
Maintenance and Revision of the Annual Operating Plan.
AOP should be revised each year by the end of January, with
cooperation and participation from each NWS office and each natural
resource agency. The National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg, Virginia, will be custodian of the
Notification of NWS Changes in Operating Procedures.
From time to time, NWS headquarters, or NWS Eastern Region Headquarters, will send draft
versions of future directives to their forecast offices for review and comment. To ensure that
the natural resource partner agencies have an opportunity to review and comment on proposed changes,
the NWS State Liaison Office in Wakefield will forward a copy of draft directives to VICC when they
are received. VICC will then forward draft NWS directives to the rest of the natural resource partner
agencies for review. Comments and suggestions can be forwarded to the NWS State Liaison Office in
Wakefield, which will forward them to NWS Eastern Region Headquarters.
Agreements on Services Provided.Agreements on services and
standards are normally reached at statewide meetings, but may be
achieved at by a series of local meetings or by other means such as
telephone or e-mail. NWS offices and land mangers should be aware of
the ripple effect an agreement might have on other NWS offices and
their customers, particularly when service areas cross state
Natural resource agencies and the NWS
collaborate on familiarization of personnel in each others fields of
expertise, operations and equipment. Visits to offices and work
centers, as well as field job sites can meet part of these
Service Evaluation.Services provided by the NWS, and
delivery of observations and information from the natural resource
agencies to the NWS in support of these services, shall be under
constant evaluation by both parties.
Numbering and archiving of observation stations.The GACC,
when requested to do so by a natural resource agency, shall assign a
station ID number for fire weather observation platforms.
land management agency will provide the station name, location
(county, latitude, and longitude), and elevation to the GACC
The GACC meteorologist will assign the number
and assist the station owner in establishing a station catalog in
The numbering convention uses a six digit number,
starting with 44 (for VA). The following two digit number designates
the county, and the counties are numbered from 01 in the northwest,
to 99 in the southeast.
The GACC meteorologist is responsible
for maintaining a database of RAWS stations in their area. This
information can be provided to the NWS regional program manager upon
The master list for the state of Virginia can be found in the appendix
of this operating plan, which will be
updated at least annually with any new or changed