The National Weather Service is an agency under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is a part of the Department of Commerce. The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide weather forecasts and hazardous weather warnings to the public. We maintain a constant eye on the weather across the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A staff of over 4,500 skilled employees accomplish this mission with the assistance of high-speed computer networks, an orbiting fleet of weather satellites in space, and ground-based radar systems.
The San Juan forecast office is staffed 24 hours a day with at least one meteorologist and one hydro-meteorological technician. This office provides forecasts for users across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One of the major duties in this office is the coordination with the National Hurricane Center and dissemination of products, statements, watches and warnings during the Hurricane Season. Several times each day, forecasts are prepared in both English and Spanish for use by the general public, broadcast media, and the aviation industry.
The Staff consists of 10 meteorologists, 6 hydro-meteorological and/or meteorologist interns, 2 electronics technicians, an electronics systems analyst, an information technology officer, a service hydrologist, an assistant administrator, a data acquisition program manager, a warning coordination meteorologist, a science and operations officer and a meteorologist in charge.
The history of this NWS office dates back to the past century. Currently, our office is located in Carolina, Puerto Rico next to the San Juan/Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Carolina is located on the Northern coast of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. The U.S. Virgin Islands are Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, and Saint John, which are located about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico.
Starting in 2013, our office will issue approximately every 6 months a newsletter. Check the latest one here: The Whispering Trades
Our forecast area of responsibility includes all of Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the United States Virgin Islands (Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Saint John and adjacent islands) divided in 15 zones and the coastal waters surrounding this area out to 20 nautical miles divided in 10 zones.