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The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, 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.
The Weather Prediction Center (WPC) interprets and improves upon advanced numerical weather predictions in the preparation of analysis and forecast guidance products to seven days into the future and beyond. These products, along with the numerical predictions and their derivatives, serve as a basis for forecasts issued by the field forecast offices of NWS and used by other governmental offices, the media, private weather services to the Department of Defense, the emergency management community, the aviation community and the general public.
Among other responsibilities, WPC maintains a forecast verification system designed to determine the value added by WPC forecasters. WPC works with academic and research communities, as well as others in the NWS, to transition research into improved NWS products and services.
As the Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for:
1. Coordinating and directing the day-to-day preparation and issuance of WPC guidance analysis and forecast products.
2. Maintaining a constant awareness of the current and future weather data requirements of NWS, Defense agencies, the public, the aviation industry, and other governmental and commercial interests.
3. Facilitating the transition of research into operations of scientific developments, new procedures, and other techniques to increase the accuracy, effectiveness, and timeliness of NWS products and services.
4. Directing a comprehensive evaluation program of the accuracy of forecast guidance developed by the Center. Producing regular statistical summaries of various verification scores of Center forecast products. Providing feedback to the Environmental Modeling Center on the performance of dynamical predictions models.
5. Directing an international training program for meteorologists of other National Meteorological and Hydrologic Services under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and the World Meteorological Organization.
6. Responding to requests from television, radio, wire service, and print media for live and recorded interviews during significant weather events, as well as routine weather situations.