National Weather Service

U.S. forecasting agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Weather Service (also known as NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. Its job is to provide "weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy." This is done through a collection of national and regional centers, and more than 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). Since the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain.

National Weather Service
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 9, 1870; 154 years ago (1870-02-09)
Preceding agency
  • United States Weather Bureau
JurisdictionUnited States federal government
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
38°59′30″N 77°01′48″W / 38.99167°N 77.03000°W / 38.99167; -77.03000
Annual budgetUS$1,124,149,000 (FY 2016)
Agency executive
  • Louis Uccellini, Director
Parent agencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Child agency
Key document


  1. "History of the National Weather Service". National Weather Service. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  2. "Guide to Federal Records: Records of the Weather Bureau". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  3. "About NOAA's National Weather Service".
  4. "FY 2017 Budget Summary" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2016. p. 53. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-08-19. Retrieved 2019-06-05.

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