Meteorologist In Charge: The MIC is the head position in a Weather Service Forecast Office. The MIC's job is to make sure the office is running efficiently. This includes administrative duties and personnel management. The MIC can also fill in as a forecaster, if needed.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist: The WCM is one of the most public positions in the forecast office. The WCM coordinates all warning functions of the office. This includes conducting spotter training and being a voice to the local media. Contact: Donna.Dubberke@noaa.gov
Science Operations Officer: The SOO serves as the office's principal and senior scientific advisor and is in charge of systems training for all employees. The SOO makes sure that all hydrometeorological products and services provided by our office meet local, regional, and national NWS standards.
Data Acquisition Program Manager: The DAPM oversees data collection, quality, and dissemination in the forecast office. This includes the area cooperative observer program, climate data, and river basin information.
Information Technology Officer: The ITO provides applications and program support for the office. This includes installing configuring and maintaining existing applications and programs and also develops programs and scripts as needed in both Linux and Windows environments.
Electronic Systems Analyst: The ESA is in charge of overseeing the maintenance of all equipment in the forecast office. This includes maintaining the local area network, AWIPS system administration, heating and cooling equipment, ASOS, upper air, and radar instruments.
NOAA hydrologists make river, flood and water-supply forecasts and do research needed to improve such forecasts. Forecasts are required for public warnings, operation of reservoirs, availability of water supply, river management for pollution abatement and many other purposes.
Candidates who satisfy the minimum entrance requirements may start in a River Forecast Center or as a Service Hydrologist in the National Weather Service Forecast office. Those with advanced degrees may start in a River Forecast center or in the Hydrologic Research laboratory.
Hydrologist trainees at the River Forecast Centers learn to interpret river and rainfall reports and to issue river and flood forecasts and warnings. With more experience they devise means of adapting standardized forecast methods to the particular river basins assigned to the Center and engage in liaison activities with the U.S. Army Corps if Engineers and other users of river and flood forecasts.
Research is mostly centered in the National Weather Service Headquarters and is directed chiefly to more accurate evaluation of the various phases of the hydrologic cycle for the purpose of improving river and flood forecasts. It includes work with radars, satellites, computers and other modern devices..
The Administrative Assistant performs a wide range of administrative functions for the staff management team; this can include performing technical aspects of all administrative programs and activities for the office related to budget, funds control, purchasing, procurement requests, contract monitoring, bankcard, imprest fund, property, vehicles, travel, training, personnel actions, time and attendance, mail, and maintaining office supplies and equipment. In addition, the Administrative Assistant acts as a liaison with Regional Headquarters and works with the Administrative Support Center (ASC) on all administrative matters; this includes establishing and maintaining files, spreadsheets, or other records for forecasting milestones and tracking progress and relevant expenditure categories such as funds, FTE, work hours, materials, maintenance, and energy.
We are staffed with 13 meteorologists who work round the clock, 365 days a year.
NOAA/National Weather Service meteorologists are employed in a variety of specialties within this science field. These include synoptic meteorologists, research meteorologists and forecasters.
Their duties may be concentrated in any of the following areas of applied meteorology:
The Meteorological Intern and the Hydrometeorological Technician essentially serve the same position. The Hydrometeorological Technician serves as a senior technician for a Weather Service office performing the following duties: provides weather advice and guidance; analyzes and evaluates local synoptic scale and mesoscale weather and hydrological data; collects, analyzes, interprets and provides recommendations on the data quality; establishes relationships with and communicates with a variety of officials and sources of information; assists on radar surveillance using the NEXRAD system, activating and using appropriate diagnostic procedures to ensure data is disseminated to all authorized users; and issues scheduled and unscheduled weather forecast products.
Electronics/Engineering services are vital to the National Weather Service’s increasing equipment-oriented activities. Approximately 9,000 individual electronics equipment and systems are presently used in support of the NWS field operations. Maintenance of essential equipment is performed by over 400 field based technicians at over 300 stations throughout the United States including its territories.
Field electronics Technicians maintain and modify a wide array of sophisticated equipment including radars, upper air telemetry and tracking equipment, computers, remote atmospheric data sensing equipment and communications equipment. These technicians ensure that precision and uniform output from environmental sensing, processing, and display systems are maintained. This involves anticipating and performing the necessary repairs expeditiously and economically. Because of expansions of equipment, training is provided to nearly all technicians. This training provides the electronics staffs with the knowledge and skills required to install and maintain equipment and facilities at established standards. This is accomplished by utilizing on-the-job, home study, trade school, university, industrial, and inter-agency courses.