National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is an agency of the United States federal government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, and other weather-related products to organizations and the public for the purposes of protection, safety, and general information. It is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) branch of the Department of Commerce, and is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, within the Washington metropolitan area.[5][6] The agency was known as the United States Weather Bureau from 1890 until it adopted its current name in 1970.[7]

National Weather Service
Agency overview
FormedFebruary 9, 1870; 151 years ago (1870-02-09)
Preceding agency
  • United States Weather Bureau
JurisdictionUnited States federal government
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
38°59′30″N 77°01′48″W
Annual budgetUS$1.204 billion (FY 2021)
Agency executive
  • Louis Uccellini, Director
Parent agencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Child agency
Key document
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The NWS performs its primary task through a collection of national and regional centers, and 122 local Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs). As the NWS is an agency of the U.S. federal government, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.