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Aviation Weather Center Operations FloorThe Aviation Weather Center (AWC) is 1 of the 9 national centers under the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Our mission:
Aside from a flight delay due to storms, there are a variety of other hazards that could potentially impact a flight. The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) is tasked with forecasting these potentially hazardous weather conditions to help ensure the most accurate and up-to-date weather information is available for pilots across the flying community. The AWC is staffed 24/7/365 with skilled meteorologists who analyze atmospheric conditions, develop forecast for aviation threats, and issue advisory and warning-level products. Forecasters also coordinate with Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs), Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPAC), and advise FAA planners on weather concerns that may adveresly affect the safe and efficient use of the National Aerospace System.

AWC operations are divided into two sections: The Domestic Operations Branch (DOB) and the International Operations Branch (IOB). The AWC DOB is responsible for issuing products for the lower 48 states and adjacent coastal waters. DOB has 5 operational desks: Turbulence, Icing, Ceiling and Visibility, Convective SIGMET, and Traffic Flow Management Convective Forecast (TCF). The AWC IOB is responsible for products in the Gulf of Mexico, parts of the Atlantic Ocean, parts of the Pacific Ocean, and high-level weather charts with global coverage. IOB's operational desks include Tropical, Global Graphics North, and Global Graphics South. AWC also has an Aviation Support Branch (ASB) which is responsible for dataflow, research to operations, maintenance of, and a variety of other areas to keep AWC's products and services flowing to customers. Additionally, there is a group of National Aviation Meteorologists (NAMs) located at the FAA Command Center. The NAMs are fully integrated with FAA staff. They provide impact-based decision support services and deliver collaborative forecasts to support strategic planning.

AWC is a diverse organization staffed by talented meteorologists who ensure the flying community has the best forecasts available for safety of flight.

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