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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 logo April 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 logo April 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.
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 logo December 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 logo November 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.
NWS logoAugust 23, 2016 - Op-Ed: Building a ‘Weather-Ready’ Nation
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlights the benefits of the National Water Model to millions of Americans.
NWS logoAugust 16, 2016 - NOAA launches America’s first national water forecast model
New forecasting tool paves the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.
Heather WadeAugust 5, 2016 - Q & A: How can social science improve weather safety?
Kim Klockow, Ph.D., brings together the study of meteorology and human behavior to help the public better use weather information..
NWS logoAugust 4, 2016 - NOAA and Federal Highway Administration commission national study on social science to improve weather response
Will create a research agenda for conducting and applying social and behavioral science to improve weather forecasting, weather preparedness and response.
NWS logoJuly 27, 2016 - Three things to like about DSCOVR, your new space weather satellite
America's primary warning system when solar activity is detected.
May 18, 2016 - Presidential Proclamation: Hurricane Preparedness Week
Each May, Americans set aside a week to raise awareness of the threat posed by hurricanes.
NWS logoMay 17, 2016 - National Weather Service names new Alaska Region director
Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Alaska Region in Anchorage, Alaska.
Heather WadeMay 11, 2016 - NOAA´s premier forecast model goes 4–D
Powerful new supercomputers pave the way for upgrade to primary model for weather prediction.
May 10, 2016 - NOAA and Raytheon Launch Weather-Ready Nation Safety Application
Designed to teach students and adults to prepare for, survive, and recover from weather and water emergencies.
Fodor April 26, 2016 - Never Turn Your Back on a River During Breakup
Flooding caused by ice jams can be a major problem in Alaska during the spring months.
Heather WadeApril 21, 2016 - NWS Will Stop Shouting at You!
New forecast software means the ends of all caps in forecasts.
Heather WadeApril 14, 2016 - FY15 Education Accomplishments Report (PDF)
The Accomplishments Report highlights education achievements throughout NOAA in 2015.
Fodor March 24, 2016 - NOAA’s National Weather Service Equipment Repair Center Opens in Grandview
New facility repairs and warehouses computers, electronics, and radar equipment used by meteorologists.
NOAA logoMarch 23, 2016 - World Meteorological Day
NWS joins with global organizations to highlight the importance of preparing for a changing climate.
Heather Wade March 11, 2016 - The Adventures of Owlie Skywarn and Sanctuary Sam
Join these colorful mascots on a spring break trip!
Heather WadeMarch 8, 2016 - National Weather Service Celebrates Women's History Month 2016
NWS honors female employees who work hard to protect lives and property, every day.
Heather WadeFebruary 4, 2016 - Jack Elrod: Friend to the National Weather Service
Jack Elrod, writer of the “Mark Trail” comic strip, recently passed away at the age of 91. Through his comic strip, he promoted the use of NOAA Weather Radio and was a partner – and a friend –of NOAA’s National Weather Service.
NOAA logoJanuary 21, 2016 - Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Discusses Innovative Ways to Address Extreme Weather
Through the Evolve initiative, NWS is improving its ability to put life-saving data into the hands of government partners and decision makers.
Heather Wade January 12, 2016 - People of Weather-Ready Nation: Garry Harris
Harris is the Managing Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities-Atlanta and President of the Sustainability Solutions Group.