National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices

National Weather Service National Centers

  • Weather Prediction Center (Washington, DC): issues national forecasts for precipitation, winter weather, and performs model diagnostics and surface analyses.
  • Climate Prediction Center (Washington, DC): issues forecasts for climate variability, anomalies, and assessments. Items of interest include the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), and long-range seasonal forecasts.
  • Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK): issues severe weather outlooks as well  as Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches. Also issues fire weather products.
  • National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL): issues tropical cyclone outlooks and forecasts for the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific basins.

Live Weather Links

  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Real-Time Weather: an older (but tried and true!) website containing satellite, surface, radar, and upper-air observations. Also contains model graphics.
  • College of DuPage: contains surface, upper-air, mesoanalysis, isentropic, and cross-sectional maps. This website is a favorite amongst professional and amateur meteorologists alike.
  • Oklahoma Mesonet: high-density surface observations across the state of Oklahoma. Maintained by the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, a joint agency between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
  • West Texas Mesonet: similar to the Oklahoma Mesonet, but for West Texas. Maintained by Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
  • Advanced Scatterometer Winds: satellite wind data maintained by NOAA. This data is quite different technically from the data on the CIMSS website below.
  • Earth Map: a nice visualization of winds and ocean currents around the globe.
  • QG Diagnostics: diagnostic graphics using the quasi-geostrophic equation of motion (this is getting rather advanced, but take a look, it’s interesting!). Maintained by Thomas Galarneau at the University of Arizona.
  • Vertical Wind Profile Hodographs: wind hodographs plotted from vertical wind profile data from Doppler radars. This site is maintained by Tim Supinie at the University of Oklahoma.

Model Websites

  • Pivotal Weather: Your one-stop shop for model data from numerous computer models including the GFS, European, HRRR, and others. Note that the European is limited to just a few fields since that is all the ECMWF releases for free. Many of the models have point and click forecast soundings as well.

Tropical Weather Links