Port Meteorological Officer / Volunteer Observing Ship Program
Observations from ships form the basis of marine weather forecasts in both coastal and high seas areas providing on the spot data and details about local surface conditions. The Volunteer Observing Ship (VOS) program is supported by Port Meteorological Officers (PMO). There are currently 17 NWS offices (excluding NWSHQ) with PMOs. Lake Charles is located between the New Orleans and Houston PMO areas. We have been tasked to assist these offices in anyway possible.
Due to the rigid ship schedules, a call received at the Lake Charles office for supplies, barometer adjustments, or information such as weather maps, will be responded to immediately.
We have a supply of:
The Lake Charles Office will also take plain language ship reports from watercraft in the near shore waters. These reports will be put into the NWS communications network as well as be aired on NOAA Weather Radio.
Click here for more information about the PMO/VOS Program.
Click here for current marine charts.
You may contact these offices for information:
NWS Lake Charles at (337) 477-5285
Houston PMO at (281) 534-2640 ext. 277
New Orleans PMO at (504) 589-4839.