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National Weather Service Open House

The National Weather Service (NWS), headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, is one of the agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government.

The purpose of the National Weather Service is to provide “weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.” This is done through a network of national and regional centers, and 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). Since the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.

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