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The Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise, also known as the Weather Enterprise[1] for short, is comprised of three main categories of organizations that contribute to the science and application of weather and weather forecasting -- academia, government, and America’s Weather and Climate Industry[2].

Each sector plays a critical role in understanding, observing, forecasting, and helping warn communities of danger; and plays a big part toward building a Weather-Ready Nation. Beyond providing location-specific weather information, the Weather Enterprise works to meet the needs of water resource managers, businesses, communities and other weather-sensitive organizations. Further, longer-term decision-makers use seasonal, yearly or even longer climate outlooks to help with extensive planning efforts, such as urban development or agricultural planning. There are very diverse user needs and equally diverse services of weather, water, and climate information.  

America’s Weather and Climate Industry (AWCI), also referred to as commercial weather providers, builds upon the foundational data provided by government, and provide additional foundational data, innovation, and specialized services to collectively meet the needs of businesses, communities, and individuals here in the U.S. and all over the world. AWCI works closely with the National Weather Service and NOAA to save lives, protect property, and enhance the national economy -- helping build a Weather-Ready Nation.

Additional information on weather, water, and climate services can be found at the following external sites:

American Meteorological Society
National Weather Association
American Weather and Climate Industry Association

[1] “Weather” is used in this context to mean all service areas which the NWS supports, including space weather, tsunamis, aviation, fire, marine, water resources, climate, etc.

[2] America’s Weather and Climate Industry includes all elements of the private sector (including media, consultants, equipment providers, etc.) which provide services to the public in the areas of climate, water, and weather, broadly defined (e.g., includes space weather). The term does not exclude foreign-owned companies which provide services to the American public.

Below are various resources from across the Weather Enterprise including links to commercial, academic, and governmental products and services. These lists contain the providers/services that we know.  If you are a provider of a weather, water, or climate alerting service and want your service added to the lists below, please contact us at:

Note:  This email address is not for subscribing to NWS alerts.

Note:  Unless otherwise indicated, all links take you outside this federal government website.  You may wish to review the privacy notices on these sites as their practices may differ from ours.

DISCLAIMER: NWS does not endorse the services or providers listed. Information presented is believed to be correct at the time of posting. Any fee or payment required for service is the responsibility of the consumer. The NWS recommends using multiple sources of information to validate the information that is received.

Severe Weather Alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources, including NOAA Weather Radio, NOAA Weather Wire Service, and to the public, and the iNWS service for core partners (emergency management community, water resources management community, government partners of an NWS office, or members of the electronic media who need direct interaction with NWS).

The National Weather Service does not provide direct email/text alerts to the general public. For hurricane-specific information, see Hurricane Information. For tsunami-specific information, see Tsunami Information website.

Here is a list of commercial alerting resources for various delivery options.

Current Weather Forecasts and Information

Help with Weather-Related Insurance Claims or Cases

  • Looking for forensic meteorology services? Whether your property was damaged and you need assistance with an insurance claim or you need historical weather data for a court case or trial, there are a variety of options available here.
  • What kind of weather incident do you need forensic services for?

Custom Weather Forecasts and Solutions for Weather-Sensitive Businesses, Organizations, or Endeavours

  • Various companies offer services such as special event forecasts, custom weather data and forecasts for a specific time and location, and custom solutions for businesses that are sensitive to weather. To make sure that your organization is weather-ready, or to find risk management or meteorological consulting services, search the following list.
  • Is there a specific type of weather that you need consultation or solutions for?

Ways to Utilize Weather Data with Software

  • Looking for ways to utilize or obtain weather data through the use of computer software? Search through this list of companies that offer software solutions to see which meets your specific requirements.

Meteorological Instruments and Sensors, Weather Radios, or Other Weather-Related Products

  • If you’re looking to take weather measurements in your backyard, take observations on a larger organizational scale, purchase weather radios, or other weather-related products, check out this list to find what you’re looking for.

Other Resources

  • Interested in weather stock photos, companies doing various types of meteorological and climatological research, or educational resources related to weather, check out these lists!
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  • Resources for homeowners, businesses, and individuals who have been impacted by extreme weather and are in need of disaster recovery information.