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Active Western Storms; Quiet in the East

A cold weather system will produce heavy mountain snow and gusty winds across the Intermountain West and central Rockies. Windy conditions associated with this storm will produce critical fire weather threats for parts of the central High Plains and elevated threats into the south Plains. An approaching storm may produce showers with areas of heavy mountain snow on the West Coast. Read More >


1849 Weather alerts and information are distributed via telegraph wire.
1890 Weather services transferred from the Signal Service to the newly formed U.S. Weather Bureau under the Department of Agriculture.
1928 Teletype replaces telegraph for weather distribution.
1940 U.S. Weather Bureau transferred to Department of Commerce.
1970 U.S. Weather Bureau renamed National Weather Service (NWS).
1999 NWS develops and implements leased NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS) using satellite distribution to States and television and radio broadcasters.
2003 NWWS implements Internet access for all user subscriptions (both public and private).
2015 NWS enterprise architecture NWWS replaces the leased legacy NWWS.