the National Weather Service
What is THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE and what do they do?
With the mission to protect life and property, and enhance the United States’ economy, the National Weather Service is the voice of the U.S. Government for issuing warnings during life-threatening situations, whether nationwide or local weather.
In addition to daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring, the National Weather Service also supports the nation’s economic vitality, with resources and information affecting more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. Some of the world’s top scientists use the latest technology, research and instrumentation to provide the most reliable weather information available.
When was THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE founded?
Where is THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE located?
The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Weather Service
has regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Mo.; Bohemia, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. The national headquarters is located at 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Laura K. Furgione is the Acting Director of the National Weather Service.
What about Meteorologists at THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE?
The National Weather Service employs meteorologists throughout the U.S. Meteorologists use data collected from sophisticated technologies like atmospheric satellite monitoring equipment and ground-based radar systems. They also monitor surface weather stations and launch weather balloons, which carry equipment that measures wind, temperature, and humidity in the upper atmosphere.
A bachelor of science degree in meteorology (or closely related field with classes in meteorology) is the minimum educational requirement. A master’s degree is more desirable and even necessary for some positions. And a Ph.D. degree is required for most basic research positions. Learn more about meteorology careers
What is THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE Doppler Radar?
Doppler radar can detect airflow patterns in violent storm systems, allowing forecasters to better predict thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes, and other hazardous winds, and to monitor the direction and intensity of storms. The WSR-88D Doppler weather radar system, also known as NEXRAD (Next-Generation Radar), was created by the National Weather Service during the mid-1980s and fully deployed by the early 1990s. There are 158 Doppler weather radar sites in the U.S. and select overseas locations. Doppler radar technology uses higher resolutions then previous radar, and can detect precipitation and atmospheric movement or wind. NEXRAD is the foundation of severe weather warning operations. In addition, meteorologists use a multitude of telecommunications and information systems called AWIPS to easily view massive amounts of weather and hydrologic information.
Covering the sun to the seas, the National Weather Service provides local and regional forecasting, and emergency alerts for severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, extreme heat, winter storms, fire threats, tsunamis and solar flares. From its national centers to its 122 Weather Forecast Offices and 13 River Forecast Centers, the National Weather Service is watching over the nation and your neighborhood.
When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued. Weather Service personnel use information from weather radar, spotters, and other sources to issue severe thunderstorm and tornado WARNINGS for areas where severe weather is imminent. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings are passed to local radio and television stations and are broadcast over local NOAA Weather Radio stations serving the warned areas. These warnings are also relayed to local emergency management and public safety officials who can activate local warning systems to alert communities. If a tornado warning is issued for your area or the sky becomes threatening, move to your predesignated place of safety.