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Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

29620 Weather Observer, Senior (Meteorological Technician, Senior)

Responsible for all administrative matters, record keeping, documentation, equipment accountability and training. Manages the technical, administrative and personnel functions of the facility. Takes, records and disseminates rawinsonde and surface observations, and completes forms in accordance with Federal Meteorological Handbooks and instructions provided by the National Weather Service as follows: (1) Prepares balloon, radiosonde and ground equipment for flight, performing pre-release checks and monthly optical comparative flights to ensure proper calibration of equipment; (2) Makes surface observations periodically, and, as required, special and local observations. Documents rawinsonde observation of atmospheric pressure, temperature, relative humidity and wind direction and speeds aloft, using automatic methods. Obtains data of cloud height, wind atmospheric transmissivity, pressure and precipitation from autographic records. Performs rawinsonde observations, utilizing semi-automatic methods when automatic radiotheodolite equipment fails, and observes, evaluates and codes flight data. Responsible for an active quality control system with a procedure for notifying personnel of problem areas. Each observer is responsible for checking his/her observations prior to dissemination. Disseminates observations by National Weather Service/Federal Aviation Administration approved systems. Federal Aviation Administration Contract Weather Observers do not perform upper air soundings.