Function. Meteorological buildings provide housing for
shore establishment and operating forces with environmental information for
air, surface, and subsurface operations. Facilities are attended for 24-hour
operations. Meteorological buildings comprise two basic categories: fleet
weather centrals and fleet weather facilities.
Fleet Weather Central. The fleet weather central building provides
housing for equipment and personnel which coordinates with the fleet weather
facilities within its assigned area of responsibility to insure quality and
continuity of services. The fleet weather central is assigned more extensive
scientific, operational, and geographic responsibilities than a facility, such
as computer center operations, engineering assistance, optimum track ship
responsibility for fleet radio facsimile and teletype broadcast. See Facility
Plate 137-10 (Sheets 1 through 3 of 6).
Fleet Weather Facility. The fleet weather facility building
provides housing for equipment and personnel to provide environmental
information for local operations. See Facility Plate 137-10 (Sheets 4 through
6 of 6).
Location. The location of the meteorological building is
established by the ordering authority and defined by instructions from Naval
Oceanographic Office I.C. (NAVOCEANO). Normally, these buildings will be
located at a Naval installation in the operations complex.
Architectural and Structural Requirements. See Facility Plate
137-10 (Sheets 1 through 6 of 6). Provide the following:
a) Removable, modular, access flooring in the computer and
operations rooms with 18 inches of clearance provided between floor panels and
subfloor to accommodate wiring and insulated piping. Refer to par. 18.104.22.168.
b) Service counters at electronic display and reception/weather
c) Central passage corridors a minimum of 6 feet wide and clear of
Clear ceiling height of 9 feet above finished floor.
Facility and restrooms readily accessible by the physically
Overhead Doors. Provide manually operated overhead door for
maintenance and mechanical/electrical room.