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Who We Are

  • The Sterling Field Support Center (SFSC) provides operational support to field personnel through a combination of sensor testing, analysis and contact center support. Sterling revolutionized the meteorological community by developing the infrastructure and algorithms required to completely automate the Unites States' Upper Air and Surface Observing Systems.

  • The staff of the SFSC is comprised of a diverse mix of Meteorologists, Electrical Technicians, and Engineers. Collectively, SFSC personnel have many years of practical experience working with NWS sensors and related equipment.
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What We Do

  • The SFSC is responsible for the research, testing, and development of a variety of meteorological systems. These systems include the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), Radiosonde Replacement System (RRS), and Cooperative Observer Program (COOP).

  • The SFSC also provides technical and logistical assistance to field personnel for a variety of small and medium sized projects.

  • Organized facility tours are the best way to understand the activities of the facility. Contact the SFSC Site Manager to arrange a tour for your group or organization.

SFSC Testbed SFSC Upper Air Lab

National Weather Service
Office of Operational Systems (OPS2)
Sterling Field Support Center (SFSC)
43741 Weather Service Road
Sterling, VA 20166
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