Provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
A Weather-Ready Nation: Society is Prepared for and Responds to Weather-Dependent Events
Explore various milestones in the history of the National Weather Service and our predecessor agencies, dating back to the 1800s, on our interactive timeline.
The headquarters of the National Weather Service is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, with regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Missouri; Bohemia, New York; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide. Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.
In 2011, NWS unveiled its new Strategic Plan, based on the concept of building a Weather-Ready Nation. This Strategic Plan is our effort to anticipate service needs over the next couple of decades, project what science and technology could allow, and establish meaningful outcome-oriented goals and objectives as we seek to build a Weather-Ready Nation. View the National Weather Service 2011 Strategic Plan
National Weather Service
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910