National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Serving you in every community in the U.S. Check out who we are and what we do!

NWS Mission

Provide weather, water and climate data, forecasts, warnings, and impact-based decision support services for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.

NWS Vision

A Weather-Ready Nation: Society is prepared for and responds to weather, water, and climate-dependent events.

Weather-Ready Nation Story

Accurate weather forecasts do not always result in a good outcome. The National Weather Service (NWS) learned this difficult...Read more

Who we are

NWS has played a key role in protecting American lives and properties for over a century. The timely provision of reliable weather, water, climate, and environmental information has supported the Nation's social and economic development. NWS offices in communities across the United States and its territories, supported by regional and national centers, provide the authoritative information needed by Americans, including national, regional, state, tribal, and local authorities, to plan, prepare, mitigate, and respond to natural and human-caused events...Read more

Forecasts and Services

NWS provides weather, water, 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. These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events...Read More

Science and Technology

Advances in science and technology are essential to meeting the National Weather Service mission to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Each day, the NWS is working towards integrating critical science advancements, research, technology, and innovation across the agency to help protect lives and property in your local community...Read more

NWS Partners

NWS is an organization that relies heavily on science, partnerships, and ties to local communities to successfully provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. The NWS works with many partners, including those from national and local government, members of the weather enterprise, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, and Academia to help educate people in all...Read More