North Carolina-NWS-May 20


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 20

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

North Carolina has different geographic features and it also borders the states of Virginia, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. The different locations also produce variances in weather. The National Weather Service (NWS) has 122 offices across the country.

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In North Carolina there are offices in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Morehead City.

The state is also provided forecast from offices in Roanoke and Wakefield Virginia. We also get forecasts out of South Carolina from the Greenville/Spartanburg Office. Two of the most western North Carolina Counties get forecasts out of Morristown, TN.

Each of these offices has a geographic area of responsibility, also known as a County Warning Area (CWA), for issuing local public, marine, aviation, fire, and hydrology forecasts. The map below shows each NWS office CWA.

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The headquarters of the National Weather Service (NWS) is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, with regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Missouri; Bohemia, New York; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide.  Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.

 

 

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