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The Weather Hazard Threefold

A large dome of high pressure will continue the sweltering heat in parts of the West and the central Plains. Meanwhile, a cold front will produce severe thunderstorms, capable of all hazards, the next few days from the Mid-Upper Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Finally, Potential Tropical Cyclone Three will bring heavy rain and flooding to the northern Gulf Coast. Read More >

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Mission

  • Improve NWS services and DSS through the integration of improved science, data and new technology into operations.
  • Foster improved professional development and training program at the Forecast Offices.
  • Anticipate and plan for future needs - emphasis on NWS WRN Strategic Goals and GPRA goals as it relates to unique western U.S. forecast issues


Current Priorities

  • Service Improvement through feedback from Gridded Verification
  • Improving Hydrologic Services
  • Improving DSS
    • Forecaster Confidence and make better use of new guidance tools
    • Improve Lead time and objectively identify storm impacts
  • Science and Training
    • Dual-Pol & AWIPS-2
    • Supporting SOO/DOH program