National Weather Service Forecast Office at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

I was delighted to meet Phil Hysell, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office at a recent gathering of tenant companies of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, the home of VT KnowledgeWorks.

I didn't know we even had a weather service office in Blacksburg and thank Phil for sending me more information in the form of this summary and a picture:

National Weather Service Forecast Office in Blacksburg, Virginia The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Blacksburg, Virginia is responsible for issuing warnings and digital forecast services for a 40-county area which includes four counties in West Virginia, nine counties in North Carolina and 27 counties in Virginia.  Under the Blacksburg umbrella are Roanoke, Lynchburg and Danville, Virginia; Bluefield and Lewisburg, West Virginia; and Boone, Mount Airy and Reidsville, North Carolina. 

Programs of responsibility include Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts for five locations, hourly weather forecasts out through seven days, Fire Weather Services, Hydrologic Services, NOAA Weather "All-Hazards" Radio broadcasts from six transmitters, and Cooperative Observer Programs; in addition to Doppler Radar, Surface, and Upper-Air Observations.  The office is also involved with collaborative research efforts with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

The overall mission of the office and the agency is to provide weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.  NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.

Note:  For those interested in careers with the National Weather Service, applicants must have an electronics or meteorological background.  The appropriate way to view postings is through USAJobs, not by contacting the Blacksburg office.

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