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October 13, 2021 - NWS Recognizes 2021 Ambassadors of Excellence
NOAA’s National Weather Service recognized “Ambassadors of Excellence” during the 5th annual Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador tour for their commitment and significant contributions to building a more Weather-Ready Nation.

September 22, 2021 - Helping the deaf and hard of hearing become more Weather-Ready
 It’s the International Week of Deaf People and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities.”

September 17, 2021 - 4 Fall Safety Tips
To help you and your loved ones prepare for fall hazards, such as hurricanes, drought, wildfires and more, the National Weather Service (NWS) launched its Fall Safety Campaign on September 1.

September 16, 2021 - Climate Prediction Center launches new maps for temperature and precipitation outlooks
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) launched a new look and feel to some of their temperature and precipitation maps to better communicate upcoming climate outlooks across the U.S.

September 14, 2021 - NOAA Announces Appointees to New Space Weather Advisory Group
The members were chosen to provide a range of views that represent the span of the space weather community and end-user sectors.

September 13, 2021 - 7 rip current myths debunked
Many people still do not know what rip currents are, how to spot them, or what to do if they are caught in one.

September 10, 2021 - Wet Bulb Globe Temperature: How and when to use it 
Extreme heat is a major weather-related hazard. WBGT is an experimental forecast tool indicating expected heat stress on the human body when in direct sunlight.

September 7, 2021 - Louis W. Uccellini, director of the U.S. National Weather Service, to retire
Louis W. Uccellini, federal scientist, global leader in meteorology and renowned expert and author on U.S. winter storms, has announced his plan to retire from public service on Jan. 1, 2022.

 August 5, 2021 - The costliest severe thunderstorm event in United States history
A long-lived line of severe storms known as a "derecho" produced severe wind damage across portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio on Monday, August 10, 2020.

July 27, 2021 - Q&A: NWS employee and husband rescue child caught in rip current
NWS National Cooperative Observer Program Manager, Amy Fritz, and her husband, Ryan, heroically saved a young boy from a rip current while vacationing in North Carolina in August 2020.

July 22, 2021 - New “Destructive” Severe Thunderstorm Warning category to trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts on mobile phones
Starting August 2, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by adding a “damage threat” tag to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

July 21, 2021 - Breakthrough computer model to help NWS provide better space weather forecasts, more targeted warnings 
NOAA’s National Weather Service has transitioned a new computer model into operations to increase its understanding of space weather events and improve space weather forecasting capabilities.

July 20, 2021 - NOAA Upgrades Key Air Quality Prediction Model
NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center launched an upgrade to the Air Quality Model based on the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System to deliver improved air quality forecast guidance.

June 29, 2021 - 4 safety tips for summer weather hazards
Though the season brings longer, sunnier days, it also comes with life-threatening weather hazards such as extreme heat, rip currents, and thunderstorms and lightning.

June 21, 2021 - Stay ahead of the heat this summer with these 6 forecast tools
Summer is a great time to enjoy fun in the sun, but the negative effects of heat to people and animals are numerous. Long periods of time lounging in the sun and exercising or working outdoors during extreme heat can be dangerous to your health, even fatal.

June 17, 2021 - NWS Collecting Public Feedback to Simplify the Watch, Warning & Advisory System 
The National Weather Service (NWS) is improving the way it communicates hazard messages — and we need your help!

June 1, 2021 - NWS Launches 2021 Summer Safety Campaign 
To ensure that you’re Weather-Ready for the season ahead, the National Weather Service launched its Summer Safety Campaign today featuring preparedness tips for summer hazards such as flash floods, excessive heat, hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning.

May 28, 2021 - Don’t Fry Day: 5 Sun Safety Tips
Summer is right around the corner! In an effort to remind everyone to protect their skin while having fun in the sun, today has been designated as “Don’t Fry Day” by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

May 24, 2021 - Critical solar observations from NSF’s GONG network now maintained by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center
Recently, the National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory successfully transitioned the processing of these important observations of the Sun’s magnetic field and lower atmosphere to the operational control of NOAA’s, Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC).

May 24, 2021 - 8 boating safety tips and tools you can use
It’s National Safe Boating Week, and we’ve partnered with the National Safe Boating Council to make it easy to remember what to do when you’re out in a sail- or motor boat, canoe, kayak or other sea-worthy vessel this summer.

May 20, 2021 - ‘Average’ Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms
Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlooks, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record. The updated averages for the Atlantic hurricane season have increased with 14 named storms and 7 hurricanes.

May 19, 2021 - Near- or below-normal 2021 hurricane season predicted for the Central Pacific
For the season as a whole, 2 to 5 tropical cyclones are predicted for the Central Pacific hurricane region. This number includes tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes. A near-normal season has 4 or 5 tropical cyclones.

May 14, 2021 - More targeted delivery of weather warnings coming to Clark County, Nevada
The National Weather Service will begin using partial county alerting in Clark County on June 1, 2021.

May 12, 2021 - High Resolution Ensemble Forecast system undergoes upgrades
NOAA’s High Resolution Ensemble Forecast (HREF) system is undergoing significant upgrades. This system aids forecasters in the prediction of weather events that include heavy rain and snow, severe convective weather and aviation hazard forecasting.

May 11, 2021 - Ken Graham guides nation through the historic 2020 hurricane season with steady hand
For Ken Graham, 2020 was deeply personal. During the most active Atlantic hurricane season in 170 years of recorded history, he’d inform those in harm’s way of 11 landfalling U.S. tropical cyclones. That is a challenge unto itself. But it was also happening in the middle of the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

April 26, 2021 - Legions of citizen scientists contributed to NOAA's new Climate Normals
Thousands of amateur meteorologists across the United States help the National Weather Service track weather patterns by performing a daily task - checking the temperature and precipitation amounts on their property.

April 9, 2021 - 'Average' Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms
Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlooks, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) will use 1991-2020 as the new 30-year period of record.

March 25, 2021 - Downtown Charleston Weather Observing Station Recognized as a Centennial Site
The WMO recognized the Downtown Charleston climate site as a Centennial Observing Station, one of only eight stations in the country, 234 in the world, to receive this designation.

March 22, 2021 - NOAA upgrades flagship U.S. global weather model
NOAA is upgrading its Global Forecast System (GFS) weather model to boost weather forecasting capabilities across the U.S. These advancements will improve hurricane genesis forecasting, modeling for snowfall location, heavy rainfall forecasts, and overall model performance.

March 15, 2021 - Spring Safety Campaign: Know Your Safe Place
When preparing for extreme weather events, knowing your safe place is a simple but potentially lifesaving action to take. If you are unsure of where your safe place is -- look no further! The theme of the National Weather Service’s Spring Safety Campaign, which kicked off earlier this month, is Spring Safe Places.

March 04, 2021 - Short-range weather modeling application released to forecasting community
Today, NOAA and its partners are accelerating the advancement of numerical weather prediction by sharing a second application based on the Unified Forecasting System (UFS) framework with the scientific community.

March 04, 2021 - NWS Advances Major Changes to Hazard Messaging Headlines
NWS will replace its “Advisory” and “Special Weather Statement” headlines with plain language headlines that more clearly describe weather or water hazards.

February 10, 2021 - NOAA’s Updated U.S. Climate Data Will Establish “New Normal”
NOAA will soon release a much-anticipated update of U.S. climate data for placing recent weather conditions—such as heat waves and flooding rain—into historical context.

February 3, 2021 - NOAA Upgrades Nearshore Wave Prediction System
As a part of this upgrade, the model will introduce the first-ever hourly probabilistic hazardous rip current guidance up to six days out for the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Guam.

January 22, 2021 - Lake Charles weather radar back online after Hurricane Laura damage
Today, the National Weather Service restored service to the weather radar serving southwest Louisiana and northwest Gulf of Mexico. Category 4 winds from Hurricane Laura significantly damaged the radar, making it inoperable on August 27, 2020.

January 12, 2021 - Get your snowstorm smarts on: 9 forecast tools to use this winter
We’ve got 9 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with on your mobile device or computer. Use them regularly to see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted.

2020 News Around NOAA

 

December 18, 2020 - Get your snowstorm smarts on: 8 forecast tools to use this winter
We’ve got 8 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with on your mobile device or computer. Use them regularly to see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted.

December 16, 2020 - Dr. Michael R. Farrar Selected as new NCEP Director
The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to help save lives and protect property.

December 10, 2020 - NOAA upgrades flagship ocean forecasting system
Today, NOAA upgraded its flagship ocean and sea ice operational forecast system — the Global Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (Global RTOFS).

December 10, 2020 - Model Upgrade: Extratropical Surge & Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS) is Now Global
On November 24, NWS upgraded the Global ESTOFS to provide NWS forecasters with high resolution water level forecast guidance including storm tide (storm surge plus tides) for the entire globe.

December 2, 2020 - NOAA model upgrades will improve severe weather and aviation forecasts
NOAA implements new enhancements to the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) and Rapid Refresh (RAP) models, which work hand-in-hand to provide the foundation for many vital forecasts issued by the National Weather Service each day.

November 24, 2020 - Record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season draws to an end
The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with a record-breaking 30 named storms and 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.

October 6, 2020 - The International Desks: NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center trains meteorology partners from around the world 
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) in College Park, Maryland, creates weather forecasts for the entire country, but did you know the center also trains meteorologists from around the world?

October 2, 2020 - 4 safety tips for fall hazards: Small actions can have big impacts
To stay safe and healthy, simple but effective preparedness actions are key — and NOAA’s National Weather Service has you covered.

September 23, 2020 - NOAA upgrades Global Ensemble Forecast System
NOAA’s Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS) is undergoing significant upgrades to expand its capabilities and improve weather forecasting.

September 15, 2020 - Hello Solar Cycle 25.
Solar scientists announce that ‘solar minimum’ occurred and Solar Cycle 25 began in December 2019. Activity on the sun is predicted to peak in 2025.

August 19, 2020 - 5 striking facts versus myths about lightning you should know
It might be cool to look at from a safe distance, but lightning kills more than 20 people each year in the United States and injures hundreds more — with some survivors suffering lifelong neurological damage.

August 6, 2020 - 'Extremely active' hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin
Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center

June 24, 2020 - NWS Enhances Weather Warnings on the Go!
If your phone has ever alerted you to severe weather in your vicinity by giving off a blaring alarm followed by a text message then you, like many others, have received a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). 

June 23, 2020 - Lightning Survivor Story of Scott Knudsen
Just ahead of lightning safety awareness week, we caught up with Scott Knudsen. He is a lightning survivor, 5th generation Texas cowboy and inspirational speaker. In 2005, his life flashed before his eyes after being struck by lightning, despite the clear blue skies above him. 

June 11, 2020 - NWS Proposes Major Changes to Watch, Warning and Advisory System
There may have been a time that you realized a Watch, Warning, or Advisory was issued for your area -- informing you of expected weather and/or water hazards. If you were unsure how to respond when this happened, then you are not alone.

June 8, 2020 - Adria Schneck Selected as new NCEP Deputy Director
NOAA has selected Adria Schneck as the new deputy director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. NCEP oversees all national forecast products for weather and climate, including specialized forecast centers like the National Hurricane Center and Storm Prediction Center.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models May 15, 2020 - 2020 Poised to Continue Stretch of Pre-Season Tropical Tempests
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center - a division of the National Weather Service - is poised to release its annual Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook on May 21, but the Atlantic Hurricane season is poised to jump the gun, so to speak.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models May 11, 2020 - NOAA’s Component of the U.S. National Ice Center Now Part of NWS
Yesterday, the NOAA component of the U.S. National Ice Center (USNIC) transitioned from the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service to the National Weather Service within NOAA.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models May 1, 2020 - NWS Stayed Weather-Ready During Stormy April in the Southeast
April 2020 became a month of note for severe weather in the Southeastern United States. Starting around April 6, guidance trends began to suggest an active period of severe weather for the region.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models April 27, 2020 - Arthur John “A.J.” Reiss, selected as director for NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center
OPC provides the world’s best marine forecasts and critical decision support services for mariners, ensuring the safety of lives and vessels at sea by alerting to hazards like hurricane-force winds and high seas.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models March 18, 2020 - Greater than the Sum of its Parts... The NWS National Blend of Models
The National Weather Service (NWS) recently upgraded the latest forecast guidance to help forecasters deliver the most consistent and accurate weather forecasts and warnings to the Nation.

National Weather Service at 150: 7 tech inventions that improved forecasting February 11, 2020 - National Weather Service at 150: 7 tech inventions that improved forecasting
As NWS celebrates its 150th birthday, let’s take a look at 7 tech advancements that changed the way we do weather forecasting.

NOAA meteorologists helping Australia battle wildfires Weather prediction is essential to firefighting effort January 10, 2020 - NOAA meteorologists helping Australia battle wildfires
With more than a hundred wildfires burning across Australia, the country reached out to the United States for assistance, and NOAA jumped into action. A team of NOAA National Weather Service Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) have deployed Down Under to help with the firefighting effort.

2019 News Around NOAA

 

Are you prepared for 'sneaky' winter hazards? December 17, 2019 - Feeling the [wind] chill? Find out what NOAA forecasters are doing to keep you informed (and warm) all winter long.
With meteorological winter officially underway, NOAA’s National Weather Service is ready for snow! Here is a rundown of the newest winter weather tools our forecasters developed in the winter “off-season.”

Are you prepared for 'sneaky' winter hazards? December 2, 2019 - Are you prepared for 'sneaky' winter hazards?
Big snowstorms. They’re normally well forecast. You’ve got days to prepare, and while they may close schools, businesses, and make travel difficult, you’re not planning on going anywhere anyway. But, what about those weather events that sneak up on you?

Weather Safety for Individuals with Disabilities November 15 2019 - Winter Weather Webinar
The Winter Service Program is excited to announce the latest initiatives for the upcoming 2019-2020 winter season. This webinar provides an overview of new and ongoing products that serve to keep our core partners and the public informed of the latest winter threats and their anticipated impacts.

Weather Safety for Individuals with Disabilities November 12, 2019 - Weather Safety for Individuals with Disabilities
Every day, extreme weather events impact individuals and communities across the country. Severe weather affects everyone, but can pose unique and difficult challenges for people with disabilities. In an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation for all, the NWS provides various resources.

Q&A With NOAA’s First Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador October 29, 2019 - Atlantic high-activity eras: What does it mean for hurricane season?
Why are some Atlantic hurricane seasons more active than others?

Q&A With NOAA’s First Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador October 29, 2019 - Q&A With NOAA’s First Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
Today, we're catching up with Sara Espinoza, Vice President of Programs at the National Environmental Education Foundation, also known as NEEF.

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Program Reaches 10,000 Strong October 29, 2019 - Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Program Reaches 10,000 Strong
NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Program celebrates a major milestone, as we introduce our 10,000th ambassador, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority!

Evolving the National Weather Service to Build a Weather-Ready Nation October 28, 2019 - Evolving the National Weather Service to Build a Weather-Ready Nation
The October issue of BAMS - The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society - features an article authored by Louis Uccellini and John Ten Hoeve of the NWS about how the agency is evolving to meet America’s growing and changing needs for weather information and forecasts.

Federal action plan focused on improving water prediction for Western U.S. October 18, 2019 - Federal action plan focused on improving water prediction for Western U.S.
In the Western United States, meeting water demands with available water supplies is becoming increasingly complex. Knowing where, when, and how much precipitation in a particular valley, mountain, lake, or river will become available for use to the people living there promotes efficiency as water managers will be able to more effectively prepare and meet the various water users’ needs and obligations.

Winter Outlook: Warmer than average for many, wetter in the North October 17, 2019 - Winter Outlook: Warmer than average for many, wetter in the North
Warmer-than-average temperatures are forecast for much of the U.S. this winter according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Although below-average temperatures are not favored, cold weather is anticipated and some areas could still experience a colder-than-average winter.

Flash Flood Warnings now issued in easy-to-read format October 2, 2019 - Flash Flood Warnings now issued in easy-to-read format
To better communicate the threat of a flash flood, NOAA’s National Weather Service is moving to a bulleted format for the warnings, with easily readable information, including a description of the flash flood hazard, the source of the information and the hazard impact. 

September 20, 2019 - NWS Launches the Fall 2019 Safety Campaign September 25, 2019 - NOAA Buoy Helps Save Lives
Earlier this month, four people with their lives hanging in the balance were hoisted to safety after finding refuge on a nearby NOAA weather buoy when their vessel took on too much water. 

September 20, 2019 - NWS Launches the Fall 2019 Safety Campaign September 20, 2019 - New NOAA-USGS model provides critical data to electrical power grid operators
This week NOAA added a new model to its suite of tools designed to help the nation deal with space weather events. The NOAA-USGS Geoelectric Field Model calculates regional electric field levels caused by disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field from geomagnetic storms.

September 1, 2019 - NWS Launches the Fall 2019 Safety Campaign September 1, 2019 - NWS Launches the Fall 2019 Safety Campaign
Fall is a season of transition. Summertime conditions give way to the shorter days and longer nights of winter. In some areas of the country, like the mountains of the western U.S., wildfires remain a threat into the fall, all the while the first winter snows arrive early.

August 26, 2019 - 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks? It happened to one state in 2004. August 26, 2019 - 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks? It happened to one state in 2004.
Florida, officially known as the "Sunshine State," was dubbed the "Plywood State" by media after it was battered by four hurricanes in only six weeks during the 2004 hurricane season. Nearly every square inch of Florida felt the impacts from at least one of those four storms.

50 Years After Hurricane Camille, NOAA Satellites Keep U.S. Weather-Ready August 16, 2019 - 50 Years After Hurricane Camille, NOAA Satellites Keep U.S. Weather-Ready
In the late evening hours of August 17, 1969, a catastrophic storm named Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast. More than 250 people lost their lives and damage was estimated at about $10 billion in 2019 dollars.

White House report showcases NOAA citizen science efforts August 8, 2019 - NOAA increases chance for above-normal hurricane season
NOAA forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns say conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended.

White House report showcases NOAA citizen science efforts July 29, 2019 - White House report showcases NOAA citizen science efforts
At NOAA and beyond, federal scientists are engaging members of the public in citizen science projects to collaboratively address real-world problems.

June 14, 2019 - "It Saved My Entire Family" - Survival Story of WEA Alerts
On September 20, 2018, Minnesota experienced one of the most prolific tornado days in the state’s history. Twenty-five tornadoes tracked across the state, with one long-track EF-2 tornado crossing into western Wisconsin.

June 12, 2019 - NOAA upgrades the U.S. global weather forecast model
NOAA’s flagship weather model — the Global Forecast System (GFS) — is undergoing a significant upgrade today to include a new dynamical core called the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3).

June 10, 2019 - NWS Improves its Employees Career Paths with its "GS 5-12" Initiative
The National Weather Service is creating a more efficient and streamlined career path for the bulk of its meteorologists with the implementation of our GS 5-12 Initiative within the US Civil Service General Schedule (GS) guidelines.

April 29, 2019 - NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center Celebrates 25 Years of Developing Climate Services in Africa
Twenty five years ago Africa was faced with severe drought, resulting in famine across the continent and challenges for governments as they struggled to cope with the disaster.

April 2, 2019 - The New NOAA/NWS National Forecast Chart
On April 1, NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) officially upgraded its national forecast charts with the most substantial changes in more than 18 years.

March 26, 2019 - The new NWS Strategic Plan is now available
The plan is a culmination of more than a year-and-a-half of effort and engagement among NWS managers, employees, and Weather Enterprise partners.

March 7, 2019 - NOAA Talks Hurricanes and Climate at National Press Club
Each year, NOAA helps the United States prepare for hurricanes by issuing a seasonal outlook before the official start of the season on June 1. The outlook offers a prediction of how many storms might occur during the upcoming season.

February 22, 2019 - Clinton Wallace selected as director for NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center
NOAA has selected Clinton Wallace as the director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Boulder, Colorado. SWPC is the Nation’s official civilian source of space weather alerts and warnings, and one of the National Weather Service’s nine National Centers of Environmental Prediction.

February 1, 2019 - NOAA announces new director of the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center
NOAA has selected James Gridley, Ph.D., to lead NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. The center delivers tsunami forecasts and warnings to the lower 48 United States, Alaska and Canada.

2018 News Around NOAA

 

December 19, 2018 - Forecast tools you can use this winter.
If you love snow like we do, become a snow-it-all today!

December 12, 2018 - NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center: Protecting lives at sea, and our economy
We receive weather information every day in a variety of ways – through television, radio, on our smartphones and through conversations around the water cooler. But how do you get weather forecasts on the high seas where WiFi is rarely an option?

December 7, 2018 - Snow squall warnings now available nationwide
Alerts aimed at reducing vehicle crashes and road fatalities

December 6, 2018 - Snow…when, where, how much?
Find out the range of snowfall amounts from oncoming storms.

November 27, 2018 - WEA Saves Lives in Louisiana
On Halloween night, Jamie and Donnie Munson were settled into their double-wide mobile home for the night in Trout, LA. Little did they know, their lives were about to change forever.

The Headline That Wasn’tNovember 6, 2018 - The Headline That Wasn't
So many times involving extreme weather, we only hear about events that cause injuries and fatalities, the bad and the ugly, but not times when there were good decisions made and good outcomes.

October 30, 2018 - Reducing Economic Losses: Theme of 2018’s World Tsunami Awareness Day
Large tsunamis do not happen often, but they pose a significant threat to coastal communities around the world. Globally, since the beginning of the twenty-first century, 48 tsunamis have caused roughly $300 billion (2018 dollars) in damage.

October 18, 2018 - Winter Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S.
A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are most likely across the northern and western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii..

October 12, 2018 - Brian Gross, Ph.D. selected as director for NOAA’s Environmental Modeling Center
EMC is a leader in the field of earth system model development in the United States, delivering foundational guidance used by forecasters to produce life-saving watches and warnings.

September 4, 2018 - Hurricanes: Common Misperceptions
Millions of people were affected by hurricanes last year. Their perceptions have now been reset, but some don’t line up with reality. Social science may be the answer to fixing it.

August 21, 2018 - EAA AirVenture: NWS Keeps Aviators, Public Safe From Weather Impacts
For one week each summer, Oshkosh, Wisconsin turns into a mecca for aviation enthusiasts as more than 600,000 people and some 10,000 airplanes come to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “AirVenture,” dubbed “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

August 15, 2018 - Making a Difference, One Rip Current at a Time: Rip Current Awareness Webinar
Check out this webinar to learn how to stay safe at the beach as we look ahead to Labor Day and the last of summer weather.

July 12, 2018 - National Weather Service Field Offices Get Major Internet Upgrade
This week, the National Weather Service is celebrating the completion of the OneNWS network. Today we’re talking to Michelle Mainelli, director of dissemination, about ushering in this new high tech era at the nation’s weather agency.

July 10, 2018 - National Weather Service pushes flood safety with catchy new “Turn Around Don’t Drown" PSA
Today, the National Weather Service unveiled its new public service announcement aimed at reducing the approximately 100 U.S. deaths each year attributed to floods, about 50 percent of which involve a motor vehicle.

June 18, 2018 - There’s a new director in town - Ken Graham takes the reins of NHC
Ken Graham became the 11th official director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami. Florida, on April 1st. It’s one of the most demanding positions in the National Weather Service.

May 17, 2018 - NWS Birmingham produces weather safety videos for deaf and hard of hearing community
Informing and educating citizens on severe weather threats, safety, and preparedness is challenging due to various disabilities and language barriers which can hinder reach and effective messaging.

May 7, 2018 - NOAA adopts technology to automate weather balloon launches
NOAA’s National Weather Service is tapping technology to automate weather balloon launches in Alaska, a move that will allow staff to improve public service across the state while saving federal tax dollars.

April 24, 2018 - NWS Austin / San Antonio provides Impact-Based Decision Support during Final Four Weekend in San Antonio, TX
The NCAA Final Four activities took place Friday, March 30th through Monday, April 2nd in downtown San Antonio. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, and continuing through the Final Four weekend, NWS Austin/San Antonio worked with various partners on weather preparedness, awareness, contingency plans and more.

April 5, 2018 - NWS Receives Outstanding Achievement Award at National Hurricane Conference
The prestigious award recognizes the outstanding achievement of operationally implementing new, official, storm surge watches and warnings in 2017 for the U.S East and Gulf coasts.

March 26, 2018 - Get to know our newest satellite: NOAA-20
The first light images from NOAA-20's CERES FM6 Earth-observing instrument are here!

March 8, 2018 - NWS Topeka Meteorologists Give Back to their Hometown Schools
A dozen classes of instruction and hands-on severe weather forecasting activities were provided to over 300 students.

January 31, 2018 - Improved High-Resolution Models Support Accurate Forecast of a Very Rare Winter Storm
On January 3, 2018, a significant winter storm struck northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, an event that occurs once every 25-50 years.

2017 News Around NOAA

 

December 21, 2017 - NWS Expands Winter Weather Products
NOAA’s National Weather Service is expanding its experimental local winter weather pages – a one stop shop for winter weather information.

December 13, 2017 - New Marine Graphical Atlantic Forecast Becomes Operational
On Tuesday December 12, NOAA began delivering High Seas Gridded Forecasts from NHC, and Offshore Gridded Forecasts from OPC, for the first time operationally in the Atlantic basin.

December 12, 2017 - Report Highlights Social and Economic Impacts of Space Weather
A new report funded by NOAA's National Weather Service begins to quantify impacts from space weather on the United States economy.

December 5, 2017 - A Season to Remember
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is in the record books and it won’t be forgotten.

November 19, 2017 - New National Hurricane Center Capabilities Introduced this Hurricane Season
The National Hurricane Center describes three new capabilities introduced in the 2017 hurricane season.

October 19, 2017 - NWS Aviation Team Bids Farewell to an Old Friend
After serving the nation as one of the primary products of the Aviation Weather Center since the 1930s the CONUS Aviation Area Forecast is now retired.

October 18, 2017 - United Nations Calls for Support for World Tsunami Awareness Day
Recognizing that the tsunami hazard poses a global threat that requires international attention and cooperation, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

September 13, 2017 - The Atlantic highlights how NWS is building a Weather-Ready Nation
A feature article in The Atlantic on September 12 titled, “The National Weather Service’s New Philosophy” gave the public an insider’s view of backup hurricane forecast operations at WPC and showcased our important strategic goal to create a Weather-Ready Nation.

August  2, 2017 - FV3: The Next Step for NOAA’s Global Forecast Modeling
The NWS is overhauling its old global modelling software piece by piece. The new core of our global model comes from NOAA Research, and it's powering the future of forecasts using some impressive advances.

NWS logoJuly 26, 2017 - Q&A with Polar Modeler Bob Grumbine
Bob Grumbine of the National Weather Service’s Environmental Modeling Center is one of hundreds of scientists working to improve weather and sea-ice forecasting in the Arctic and Antarctic through The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP).

NWS logoJuly 14, 2017 - WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard Provides Support to Emergency Managers Who Rescued 80 Children Trapped by Wildfire
During the incident, the NWS Weather Forecast Office Los Angeles/Oxnard provided critical fire weather forecast information to help the local emergency managers conduct the operation as safely as possible. During the evening of the event the NWS provided several written forecasts focusing specifically on that fire, as well as being in verbal contact to provide updates.

NWS logoJuly 3, 2017 - Hazard Simplification changes set to be implemented
The first changes to the NWS Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system will be implemented on October 1 based on social science findings from the Hazard Simplification (Haz Simp) project. These initial changes will apply to some our winter WWA products only.

May 30, 2017 - NWS Leads #SafePlaceSelfie Campaign
If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? For many, that one action is to know ahead of time where their safe place is located. In early April, NWS offices encouraged their social media followers to take a “selfie” and post with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie.

May 5, 2017 - Building a “Hurricane-Ready Nation” One Community at a Time
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities’ (FPC) initiative is working to reduce the human impact and high cost of flooding and rebuilding that typically follows natural disasters in ways that help ensure communities don’t just build back, but build smarter.

NWS logoApril 25, 2017 - Weather-Ready Nation Reaches 5,000 Ambassadors
Fittingly, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador number 5,000 comes from the heart of our nation. We would like to congratulate Real Country 97.3 KBLR Radio as Ambassador #5,000 in our effort to make the United States a weather-ready nation.

NWS logo April 7, 2017 - New Tsunami.gov Website Represents Back to List PagesMajor Advance in Tsunami Warning Center Product Dissemination
NOAA’s tsunami warning capabilities have greatly improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and efforts continue to further enhance tsunami warning center operations to better meet the needs of our domestic and international partners.

NWS logoApril 6, 2017 - Coordinated Action Prevents Worst of Wildfire Outbreak Impacts in Southern Great Plains
On February 23-24, the Southern Great Plains region was dry and windy, optimal conditions for even the smallest spark to roar into a life and property-threatening wildfire. Large portions of the northernmost Panhandle of Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico, eastern Colorado, and westernmost Kansas were ripe for an outbreak.

NWS logoApril 3, 2017 - GOES-16: Taking Weather Forecasting to New Heights
NOAA's latest geostationary weather satellite is on orbit and sending back beautiful images of Earth’s Western Hemisphere. GOES-R successfully launched on November 19, 2016 and became GOES-16 when it reached geostationary orbit.

NWS logo March 21, 2017 - Wireless Emergency Alerts continue to save lives; and we are hearing about it
On the night of February 19, tornadic thunderstorms tore through northern sections of San Antonio, Texas. Audrey Gagné and her husband were unknowingly heading toward them, on the way home from a trip to Dallas.

NWS logo March 1, 2017- IDSS ramped up in preparation of the most significant storms in past 6 years across southern California
Starting the week of January 16, 2017, NWS San Diego began alerting partners of a high confidence significant winter storm which could bring significant impacts from high wind, and flooding.

February 27, 2017- Weather-Ready Nation Saves Lives During Louisiana Tornado Outbreak
A tornado outbreak in a highly populated area is a meteorologist’s worst nightmare. On February 7, 2017 at least six tornadoes touched down in and around around New Orleans, LA, home to more than three million people.

Heather WadeFebruary 21, 2017- SPC forecasters develop and document new tool to assess severe weather risk
Storm Prediction Center forecasters John Hart and Ariel Cohen are working together on a major project to improve the way forecasters perform short-term threat assessment of severe thunderstorm hazards.

 

2016 News Around NOAA

 

NWS logo December 21, 2016 - Get your snowstorm smarts on: 6 forecast tools to use this winter
Geek out with us to learn about 6 winter weather forecast tools you can tinker with online. In the process, see where, when and how much snow, ice and wind is predicted — important information to share with your friends and family this winter.

NWS logoDecember 7, 2016 - Experimental Snowfall Graphics
New snowfall graphics now available from local NWS websites.

November 23, 2016 - NWS giving thanks to their communities
This year the National Weather Service gave back to their local communities in many different ways, ultimately showing thanks to all those they serve every day of the year.

Heather WadeNovember 22, 2016 - Observing and Predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño
Alongside colleagues in Australia and Peru, NOAA scientists involved with observing and predicting the 2015-2016 El Niño co-authored an article about the event and prediction.

Heather WadeNovember 21, 2016 - Improving the Communication of Flood Risk for Better Decision-Making
The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) published a study in its September 2016 edition titled, “Effectively Communicating Risk and Uncertainty to the Public."

NWS logoNovember 15, 2016 - NOAA’s advanced GOES-R weather satellite launching this month
This month NOAA will be launching its most advanced weather satellite to date, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R).

October 25, 2016 - NWS and Chilean Navy Leaders collaborate to improve Tsunami Warning Capabilities
Collaboration will improve tsunami warning capabilities in both countries and the whole Pacific Basin.

NWS logoOctober 3, 2016 - OneNWS Network: A Faster and Stronger National Weather Service
NWS updates data networks to keep pace with new technologies.

Heather WadeSeptember 9, 2016 - Hazard Simplification Project
For decades, NWS has used the Watch, Warning, and Advisory (WWA) system - is it time for a change?

NWS logoSeptember 8, 2016 - U.S. experiences 5th warmest summer on record
Every state in the continental U.S. and Alaska was warmer than average this summer.

September 1, 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: National Preparedness Month
Preparing ourselves to meet the unknown challenges of tomorrow is a duty we all share.