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Stormy Weather in the Northwest; Fire Weather Threat Redeveloping in Southern California this Weekend

An active fall storm pattern in the Pacific Northwest is bringing heavy rain and high elevation snow to the region which will persist through this weekend. Strong winds associated with this system will bring a renewed period of critical fire weather to southern California later this weekend into next week. Read More >

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Mission

  • Improve NWS services and DSS through the integration of improved science, data and new technology into operations.
  • Foster improved professional development and training program at the Forecast Offices.
  • Anticipate and plan for future needs - emphasis on NWS WRN Strategic Goals and GPRA goals as it relates to unique western U.S. forecast issues


Current Priorities

  • Service Improvement through feedback from Gridded Verification
  • Improving Hydrologic Services
  • Improving DSS
    • Forecaster Confidence and make better use of new guidance tools
    • Improve Lead time and objectively identify storm impacts
  • Science and Training
    • Dual-Pol & AWIPS-2
    • Supporting SOO/DOH program