About the National Weather Service

There is probably no other country in the world that experiences the variety of weather than what occurs in the United States. While the United States does not hold very many world 'extreme weather' records we will experience floods and droughts, dust storms and blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes, bitter cold and searing heat each year.

Since 1870, the National Weather Service role as a public servant is to provide you with weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for your protection of life and property and, as a whole, enhancement of the national economy. We are the sole OFFICIAL voice for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations.

National Weather Service data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.

We have a goal of becoming a 'Weather-Ready Nation' which is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

In the end, emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and you will be empowered to make fast, smart decisions to save lives and livelihoods.