The National Weather Service (NWS) is a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the United States Department of Commerce. The Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Nashville, Tennessee is part of the Southern Region of the NWS.
WFO Nashville is managed by the Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC), Larry Vannozzi, who is responsible for all NWS Nashville operations. Other management personnel at Nashville includes a Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) who runs the local outreach program, a Science and Operations Officer (SOO) who runs the local training program, and an Observation Program Leader (OPL) who runs the data acquisition program.
Operational personnel include ten forecasters, whose responsibilities include issuing hazardous weather watches, warnings and statements, public forecasts and discussions, aviation forecasts (called "terminal aerodrome forecasts"), and fire weather forecasts. The Service Hydrologist James LaRosa manages the river program for Middle Tennessee and north Alabama.
The forecasters are supported by three interns. Their responsibilities include maintaining NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts, launching weather balloons (twice daily), issuing various meteorological and hydrological products, measuring ozone, and assisting the forecaster with general duties.
The ITO manages the cooperative program for Middle Tennessee.
If interested in volunteering or becoming a meteorologist with the NWS, view this page: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ohx/?n=volunteer
COUNTY WARNING AREA:
WFO Nashville has warning responsibility for thirty-eight counties across Middle Tennessee. The county warning area generally extends from the Tennessee River in the west to the Cumberland Plateau in the east, and from the Kentucky state line in the north to the Alabama state line in the south. The Nashville county warning area comprises 16,397 square miles with a population of 2,098,163 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 Estimate).
In April 2010, WFO Nashville was awarded the United States Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior federal service "for providing proactive and life-saving service during the record-breaking February 5th, 2008, "Super Tuesday" killer tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee.
In May, 2007, WFO Nashville was awarded the United States Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior federal service "for exceeding tornado lead times and providing life-saving warning services during the April 7, 2006 tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee.
In December, 1998, WFO Nashville was awarded the United States Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior federal service "for providing timely and accurate severe weather warning services during the April 16, 1998 tornado outbreak in middle Tennessee."
The office is located at Langford's Cove on Old Hickory Lake in northwest Wilson County. The mailing address is: National Weather Service, 500 Weather Station Rd., Old Hickory, TN 37138. You can also telephone the office at (615) 754-4633 during normal business hours.