Our office is located in the Salt River Project Administration
building in Tempe, Arizona. We are on duty around-the-clock;
our operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Due to the importance of our mission, NWS employees
are considered "essential" and will
not stop working even during rare government shutdowns.
We are always on-the-job, protecting the public
from the ever-present threats of mother nature!
NWS is comprised of Meteorologists, Hydrologists,
Climatologists, Hydro-Meteorological Technicians,
Electronic Technicians, Computer Specialists,
and Management. Although all have college degrees,
some have advanced degrees - such
as Masters or PHDs.
Meteorologist in Charge (MIC):
The office leader. Responsible for directing
all office operations as well as staff and administrative programs.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM):
Outreach coordinator. Responsible for directing annual storm
spotter training and is the primary contact for media inquiries and outreach events. Also
acts as the liason between local and state government officials.
Science Operations Officer (SOO):
Training coordinator. Responsible for training the staff and keeping
abreast of the latest meteorological/technological advances. Also oversees any research
activities taking place in the office.
Administrative Support Assistant (ASA):
Performs office and staff administrative tasks, including payroll and budget/travel
Electronic Systems Analyst (ESA) / Computer Systems Analyst (CSA):
Manages the office electronic staff and maintenance program. Oversees
the maintenance of the doppler radar(s) and all observing equipment.
Electronic Technicians (staff of 2):
Perform routine and non-routine maintenance of all office electronic equipment.
Maintain all observational equipment including ASOS and doppler radar(s).
Information Technology Officer (ITO):
Local IT expert. Ensures system stability and security. Performs
software support for operations.
Senior Service Hydrologist (SSH):
Responsible for the hydrology program at both WFO Phoenix and WFO Flagstaff.
Lead Forecasters (staff of 5):
Operational meteorologist and shift supervisor. Prepares various forecast products and is responsible for the quality and timeliness of all products and services produced by the office. Each has 1 or more specialized areas of expertise (focal points).
General Forecasters (staff of 5):
Operational meteorologist responsible for all routine and non-routine forecast
products prepared and issued. Each has 1 or more specialized areas of expertise (focal points).
Hydro-Meteorological Technician (HMT) (staff of 2):
Perform quality control of all incoming and outgoing data from the office.
Collect and disseminate daily temperature and precipitation data from numerous locations across the
forecast area. Each has 1 or more specialized areas of expertise (focal points).
Meteorological Intern (staff of 2):
Entry-level meteorologist. Work with the HMT's to perform quality control tasks.
Participate in numerous training exercises and work with other staff members to become proficient in
NWS operations. Each may have a specialized area of expertise (focal point).