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Record Warmth for the Central and West; Active Weather for Alaska and Hawaii

High pressure from the west coast to the southeast will bring above normal temperatures through Friday. Meanwhile, strong low pressure near the Great Lakes will bring rain and snow showers with occasional gusty winds. A developing storm for Alaska may bring heavy snow, blizzard conditions and bitterly cold temperatures this weekend. The State of Hawaii may also see flooding into the weekend. Read More >

             Long Term Forecasts
Long Term Forecast Work Station
Pictured: Meteorologist Lee Robertson
The long term forecaster prepares and issues all long term products (typically hour 36-to-day 7) using the Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE). The graphical portion is in gridded format, which also is turned into text. Some of the products issued include the Area Forecast Discussion, Zone Forecast, and digital products. Forecasts are routinely issued between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m. and again between 3 and 4 p.m., and are updated at anytime when conditions warrant.

All 122 NWS offices are responsible for issuing forecasts through day 7. Forecasts for day 8 through two years are prepared by NWS National Centers, such as the Weather Prediction Center and the Climate Prediction Center.

Here are some of the advisories/watches/warnings issued from this desk:
  • Special Weather Statement
  • Flood/Flash Flood Watch
  • High Wind Watch/Warning/Advisory
  • Excessive Heat Watch/Warning/Advisory
  • Winter Storm Watch/Warning/Advisory
  • Blizzard Warning
  • Wind Chill Advisory/Warning
  • Frost/Freeze Warning
  • Dense Fog Advisory

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