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
- 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
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Last update 05/28/2011