What Are Weather Reports And Climate Information Based On?

Weather Reports And Climate Information

There are many sources of weather reports and climate informationon the net, and countless more in book or journal form. Theyvary in quality from ordinary to excellent, but they haveone thing in common. Their primary data comes from one orother forms of government weather organization, and that is true no matter what country you are interested in or live in.

The advantage of weather reports and weather forecasts fromcommercial services or news organizations is that the original material is condensed and simplified, so that ifyou are in a hurry you immediately see the information you need.

But if you have a deeper interest in weather, weather forecasts,or climate, and if you use a home weather station, you willprobably want to know more.

You'll want to see the source of the second hand weather reports,or you'll be looking for the most up to date information.

Every country has its weather organizations, controlled to a greateror lesser degree by the government. All of them provide weather reports, forecasts, and climate information to the public Here, at least until I can expand this section of the website, are those which operate in the USA.

This is a new section, and at the moment it is mostly links. Bookmark it, and return occasionally, because I will be expanding the contentfor each of the agencies, departments, centers and even voluntaryorganizations. NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - The overall body coordinating everything to do with the oceans and atmosphere. Our interest here is in the atmospheric part, which covers weather and climate

  • NCEP - National Centers For Environmental Prediction - National Centers For Environmental Prediction
    • CPC - Climate Prediction Center - monitors and forecasts short-term climate fluctuations and provides information on the effects climate patterns can have on the nation.
    • EMC - Environmental Modeling Center - develops and improves numerical weather, climate, hydrological and ocean prediction through a broad program in partnership with the research community.
    • HCP - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center - provides nationwide analysis and forecast guidance products out through seven days.
    • SPC - Storm Prediction Center - provides tornado and severe weather watches for the contiguous United States along with a suite of hazardous weather forecasts.
    • TPC - Tropical Prediction Center - Tropical Prediction Center includes the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and provides forecasts of the movement and strength of tropical weather systems and issues watches and warnings for the U.S. and surrounding areas.

      Others include the Aviation Weather Center, Ocean Prediction Center, and Space Environment Center

  • NWS - National Weather Service - The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life
  • NSSL - National Severe Storms Laboratory - The National Severe Storms Laboratory is one of NOAA's internationally known research laboratories, leading the way in investigations of all aspects of severe weather. Headquartered in Norman OK, the people of NSSL, in partnership with the National Weather Service, are dedicated to improving severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage.
  • NCDC - National Climatic Data Center - NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world.
  • PTWC - Pacific Tsunami Warning Center - The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Ewa Beach, Hawai`i, provides warnings for teletsunamis to most countries in the Pacific Basin as well as to Hawai`i and all other US interests in the Pacific outside of Alaska and the US West Coast, which have their own centers.
  • CPHC - Central Pacific Hurricane Center - Provides accurate and timely watches, warnings, advisories, and forecasts for hazardous weather conditions.
  • HIC - Hydrologic Information Center - Provides data on floods and river conditions, plus outlooks and drought information.
  • NDBC - National Data Buoy Center - NDBC provides comprehensive, reliable systems and marine observations to support the missions of the National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA, and promote public safety. Worth checking whenever a buoy is in the path of a hurricane.
  • HRL - The Hydrologic Research Laboratory conducts studies, investigations and analyses leading to the application of new scientific and computer technologies for hydrologic forecasting and related water resources problems.
  • NESDIS - National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service - provides real time data from NOAA satellites.
  • Weather Radio - A joint effort by NOAA and the EAS (Emergency Alert Service), Weather Radio provides a real time warning service about weather and other emergencies.
  • Skywarn-Storm Spotters - The Storm Spotters are a voluntary organization providing information on storms and other severe or extreme weather to NWS offices

CWOP - Citizen Weather Observer Program - A voluntary organization of weather station owners who provide additonal weather information over the internet and radio to numerous government weather offices and universities

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA owns satellites and other facilities which provide weather and climate information, and has its own research organization.

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Last update 05/28/2011