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Old 04-10-2008, 07:36 AM
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Default 1 (800) WX-BRIEF question

Quick question:
I use 1(800)WX-BRIEF routinely as a primary source of weather info and also to file flight plans. I'm a college student. I go to college in a different state than my home state. My cell phone has the area code of my home state, and when I dial 1(800)WX-BRIEF, it directs me to a briefer at RDU, rather than a briefer at my local hub. Is there a way to circumvent this problem?
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:42 AM
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This doesn't look very authoritative, but this page lists local toll free FSS numbers.

Or for posterity's sake, here's the list:
AK Fairbanks 866-248-6516
AK Juneau 866-297-2236
AK Kenai 866-864-1737
AL Anniston 866-609-8684
AR Jonesboro 866-520-8890
AZ Prescott 866-226-3763
CA Hawthorne 866-879-8252
CA Oakland 866-469-7828
CA Rancho Murieta 866-272-7525
CA Riverside 866-838-2250
CA San Diego 866-682-2175
CO Denver 866-751-7021
CT Bridgeport 866-293-5149
FL Gainesville 866-523-7229
FL Miami 866-347-0316
FL St Petersburg 866-295-3983
GA Macon 866-276-0243
HI Honolulu 866-766-0820
IA Fort Dodge 866-300-2858
ID Boise 866-258-9068
IL Kankakee 866-450-6593
IN Terre Haute 866-224-9906
KS Wichita 866-672-5145
KY Louisville 866-412-7968
LA Deridder 866-401-5659
ME Bangor 866-295-3835
MI Lansing 866-879-4066
MN Princeton 866-841-6469
MO Columbia 866-223-4352
MO St Louis 866-671-6176
MS Greenwood 866-245-6109
MT Great Falls 866-527-7601
NC Raleigh 866-663-3354
ND Grand Forks 866-306-6931
NE Columbus 866-288-3448
NJ Millville 866-225-7920
NM Albuquerque 866-449-5390
NT Islip 866-365-5019
NV Reno 866-281-2737
NY Buffalo 866-678-2759
OH Cleveland 866-780-8261
OH Dayton 866-505-6163
OK McAlester 866-269-0189
OR McMinnville 866-833-7631
PA Altoona 866-708-9987
PA Williamsport 866-655-6434
PR San Juan 866-822-8537
SC Anderson 866-225-2172
SD Huron 866-732-1331
TN Jackson 866-840-1051
TN Nashville 866-890-1348
TX Conroe 866-689-5992
TX Ft. Worth 866-272-7915
TX San Angelo 866-300-3867
UT Cedar City 866-667-3858
VA Leesburg 866-225-7410
VT Burlington 866-847-1846
WA Seattle 866-384-7323
WI Green Bay 866-845-4888
WV Elkins 866-656-2661
WY Casper 866-227-7498
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ShadesOfGray View Post
... Is there a way to circumvent this problem?
Are you having a problem? What is it?

Back in the old days when briefers really knew a local area and could look out the window there may have been some advantage of having a briefer from your area, but I would be surprised if that is the case today. The briefings are highly computerized and any briefer can get the information for any area.

When I was a briefer in Utah I used to occasionally get a call from a local pilot who happened to be on the east coast. They would call our facility because they knew us and because we weren't as busy. The briefing would take a few minutes longer because we had to study up on the fly, but even with fax charts and rickety teletypes, we could do the job.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by n5lp View Post
Are you having a problem? What is it?
The briefings are highly computerized and any briefer can get the information for any area.
True, but if I get a briefer in a different region, he's spent all day familiarizing himself with the weather in his area, and it's obvious to me when I talk to him that he's not as familiar with the weather way over where I am as with the local weather. I also feel like I'm the only d-bag who calls Raleigh every friday afternoon like clockwork to ask about the weather in Nashville.

It's not that the RDU briefers won't/can't give me the BNA weather, but they always think that I've got the wrong number or that I'm retarded when I call them (NC) from TN to ask about weather in TN. And since I'm permanently installed in TN, it has been kindly suggested to me by a couple of different NC briefers that I figure out how to get a TN weather briefing from a TN weather briefer.
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