Did you know that the U.S. Weather Bureau was established in 1870? In 1970 the agency’s name was changed to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service provides weather forecasts and collects weather and climate data. It is also responsible for providing warnings for hazardous weather. Some of the warnings you might have heard are “Winter Storm Warnings” or “Tornado Warning”. They also issue warnings about floods, extremely hot or cold temperatures, wildfire risks, hurricanes, and many other weather events.
If you’ve dressed appropriately for the weather today, thank the National Weather Service! Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the Department of Commerce.
There are 122 Weather Forecast Offices in the United States that are responsible for broadcasting local weather reports and warnings as well as gathering local weather observations and climate data.
A ‘watch’ (e.g. winter weather watch) tells people to be aware of possible risk. A ‘warning’ indicates that the event is happening right now, about to happen, or highly likely.
The National Weather Service also provides information to airports and nautical ports such of weather events that would affect airplanes or boats / ships such as areas of turbulence or rough seas, low visibility, wind shear, etc.