Virtual Office Tour - Operations

A photo of the main operations room in the forecast office.

Here's where it all comes together. Welcome to the Forecast Operations Area. The operations room you see here is the heart and soul of NWS Tallahassee. It is here that we compose all of the warnings and forecasts that are issued by this office. Obviously, computers play a large role in the job of weather analysis and forecasting. Most of the computers you see here are a part of AWIPS, the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, which is our primary computer system. We'll discuss AWIPS in a greater detail later in the tour.

Since the office is always open, operational personnel are required to work rotating shifts. In order to help the night shift stay alert while on duty and sleep better during the day, a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled, circadian lighting system (pictured below) was installed as the office was built. The Tallahassee office is one of only two NWS offices nationwide to benefit from this type of lighting system. Now lets take a closer look at what the people that work in this area actually do.

A photo of the circadian lighting system.

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