We provide forecast and warning
services for 44 counties in Maryland, northern Virginia, and the eastern West Virginia panhandle,
plus the District of Columbia and the city of Baltimore, as highlighted in yellow on the map below.
In addition, we provide aviation weather services to Washington National, Washington Dulles
International, Baltimore-Washington International, Martin State, Charlottesville-Albemarle, and
Shepherd Field/Eastern West Virginia Regional (Martinsburg) airports, and marine services on the
Tidal Potomac, and the Chesapeake Bay north of Smith Point, highlighted in cyan.
There are 122 field offices like
ours across the country. All offices are comparably staffed and equipped, with state-of-the-art
computer technology and Doppler radar. The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is also the home to National Weather Service Headquarters (in Silver Spring,
MD), the National Center for Environmental Prediction
at the World Weather Building in Camp Springs, MD, and the NWS
Telecommunications facility located in Suitland, MD.
As part of the NWS, there are
also support centers for Severe Local Storms (Storm Prediction
Center) in Norman, OK; national aviation interests (Aviation Weather Center) in Kansas City; tropical weather (Tropical Prediction Center / National Hurricane Center) in Coral
Gables, FL; and 13 River Forecast Centers across the country to assist in river hydrology. The River
Forecast Center we rely upon for assistance is located in State College, PA.
This office is unique in that
our local service area includes the nation's capital-- Washington, D.C.-- and our users include
decision-makers at the Metropolitan Washington Area Council of Government and in the Federal
Government, including the White House, Congressional staffers, and the Office of Personnel