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The National Weather Service (NWS) is an agency of the United States government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, public warnings, 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 (located just outside of Washington, D.C.).<ref name=census1>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=NWSsite>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The agency was known as the United States Weather Bureau from 1890 to 1970, when it adopted its current name.<ref name=Nass1>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

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 a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.


National Weather Service sections
Intro  History  Forecast sub-organizations  Data acquisition  Event-driven products  Product dissemination  Technology  Organization  Privatization and dismantling attempts  See also  References  External links  

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