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Service Area

The service area covered by this AOP is the state of Virginia, which is served by the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices at Blacksburg, VA (RNK), Charleston, WV (RLX), Morristown, TN (MRX), Sterling, VA (LWX), and Wakefield, VA (AKQ).

The forecast area is 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. As a result of this configuration, the Jefferson and George Washington National Forests, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, are covered by multiple National Weather Service offices. For a map of the fire weather zones in VA, see the appendix.

The AKQ forecast area covers portions of eastern Virginia.

The Virginia counties covered by WFO AKQ (Wakefield, VA) include:

County

Zone #

County

Zone #

Accomack

VAZ099

Lancaster VAZ078

Amelia

VAZ068

Louisa VAZ049

Brunswick

VAZ079

Lunenburg

VAZ066

Caroline

VAZ064

Mathews

VAZ086

Charles City

VAZ082

Mecklenburg

VAZ065

Chesterfield

VAZ070

Middlesex

VAZ085

Cumberland

VAZ061

New Kent

VAZ083

Dinwiddie

VAZ080

Northampton

VAZ100

Essex

VAZ074

Northumberland

VAZ077

Fluvanna

VAZ048

Nottoway

VAZ067

Gloucester

VAZ084

Powhatan

VAZ069

Goochland

VAZ062

Prince Edward

VAZ060

Greenville

VAZ087

Prince George

VAZ081

Hanover

VAZ063

Richmond

VAZ076

Henrico

VAZ071

Southampton

VAZ092

Isle of Wight

VAZ093

Surry

VAZ089

James City

VAZ090

Sussex

VAZ088

King and Queen

VAZ073

Westmoreland

VAZ075

King William

VAZ072

York

VAZ091

The Virginia independent cities covered by WFO AKQ (Wakefield, VA) include:

City

Zone #

City

Zone #

Chesapeake

VAZ097

Petersburg

VAZ081

Colonial Heights

VAZ070

Poquoson

VAZ091

Emporia

VAZ087

Portsmouth

VAZ095

Franklin

VAZ092

Richmond

VAZ070

Hampton

VAZ094

Suffolk VAZ096
Hopewell VAZ081

Virginia Beach

VAZ098

Newport News

VAZ094

Williamsburg

VAZ090

Norfolk

VAZ095

   

 

The LWX forecast area covers portions of northern Virginia.

The Virginia counties covered by WFO LWX (Sterling, VA) include:

County

Zone #

County

Zone #

Albemarle

VAZ037

Loudoun

VAZ042

Arlington

VAZ054

Madison

VAZ039

Augusta

VAZ025

Nelson

VAZ036

Clarke

VAZ031

Orange

VAZ050

Culpeper

VAZ051

Page

VAZ029

Fairfax

VAZ053

Prince William

VAZ052

Northern Fauquier

VAZ501

Rappahannock

VAZ040

Southern Fauquier

VAZ502

Rockingham

VAZ026

Fredrick

VAZ028

Shenandoah

VAZ027

Greene

VAZ038

Spotsylvania

VAZ056

Western Highland

VAZ503

Stafford

VAZ055

Eastern Highland

VAZ504

Warren

VAZ030

King George

VAZ057

 

 

The Virginia independent cities covered by WFO LWX (Sterling, VA) include:

City

Zone #

City

Zone #

Alexandria

VAZ054

Manassas

VAZ052

Charlottesville

VAZ037

Manassas Park

VAZ052

Fairfax

VAZ053

Staunton

VAZ025

Falls Church

VAZ054

Waynesboro

VAZ025

Fredricksburg

VAZ056

Winchester

VAZ028

Harrisonburg

VAZ026

   

The MRX forecast area covers portions of southwest Virginia.

The Virginia counties covered by WFO MRX (Morristown, TN) include:

County

Zone #

County

Zone #

Lee

VAZ001

Washington

VAZ008

Russell

VAZ006

Wise

VAZ002

Scott

VAZ005

   

The Virginia independent cities covered by WFO MRX (Morristown, TN) include:

City

Zone #

City

Zone #

Bristol

VAZ008

Norton

VAZ002

The RLX forecast area covers portions of southwest Virginia.

The Virginia counties covered by WFO RLX (Charleston, WV) include:

County

Zone #

County

Zone #

Buchanan

VAZ004

Dickenson

VAZ003

The RNK forecast area covers portions of southwest Virginia.

The Virginia counties covered by WFO RNK (Blacksburg, VA) include:

County

Zone #

County

Zone #

Alleghany

VAZ019

Giles

VAZ011

Amherst

VAZ035

Grayson

VAZ015

Appomattox

VAZ046

Halifax

VAZ058

Bath

VAZ020

Henry

VAZ043

Bedford

VAZ034

Montgomery

VAZ014

Bland

VAZ010

Patrick

VAZ032

Botetourt

VAZ023

Pittsylvania

VAZ044

Buckingham

VAZ047

Pulaski

VAZ013

Campbell

VAZ045

Roanoke

VAZ022

Carroll

VAZ016

Rockbridge

VAZ024

Charlotte

VAZ059

Smyth

VAZ009

Craig

VAZ018

Tazewell

VAZ007

Floyd

VAZ017 Wythe VAZ012
Franklin VAZ033    

The Virginia independent cities covered by WFO RNK (Blacksburg, VA) include:

City

Zone #

City

Zone #

Bedford

VAZ034

Lynchburg

VAZ045

Buena Vista

VAZ024

Martinsville

VAZ043

Covington

VAZ019

Radford

VAZ014

Danville

VAZ044

Roanoke

VAZ022

Galax

VAZ015

Salem

VAZ022

Lexington

VAZ024

   

 

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.

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.

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 Area (CWA). 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:

National Weather Service
VA Tech Corporate Research Center
1750 Forecast Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060

National Weather Service
400 Parkway Road
Charleston, West Virginia 25309

National Weather Service
5974 Commerce Blvd.
Morristown, Tennessee 37814

National Weather Service
43858 Weather Service Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166

National Weather Service
10009 General Mahone Highway
Wakefield, Virginia 23888

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 is responsible for the provision of adequate weather services for the offices' assigned areas of program responsibility. The MIC will ensure that the focal points or program leaders are provided adequate time for user liaison and assistance activities. MICs can be reached via email or through contact with their respective office:

Dave Wert, Blacksburg, VA

Jamie Bielinski, Charleston, WV

George Mathews, Morristown, TN

James Lee, Sterling, VA

Jeff Orrock, Wakefield, VA

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 Weather Program Leaders can be reached via e-mail or through contact with their respective office:

Phil Manuel (phillip.manuel@noaa.gov), Blacksburg, VA

Simone Lewis (simone.lewis@noaa.gov), Charleston, WV

David Gaffin (david.gaffin@noaa.gov), Morristown, TN

Brian LaSorsa (brian.lasorsa@noaa.gov), Sterling, VA

Jon McGee (jonathan.mcgee@noaa.gov), Wakefield, VA

Participating Agencies

The following agencies are participants of this operating plan:

NOAA National Weather Service

USDA Forest Service

USDI National Park Service

USDI Fish and Wildlife Service

VA Department of Forestry


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