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National Weather Service: United States weather agency
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. The agency was known as the United States Weather Bureau from 1890 until it adopted its current name in 1970.


'Falling iguana' alert issued in Florida due to cold temperatures: 'Don't assume that they're dead'

The National Weather Service in Miami has issued an unofficial warning for falling iguanas tonight due to an unusual cold snap in the Sunshine State.
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Massive winter storm packing 'heavy' snow targets Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast

The National Weather Service says the storm could produce widespread hazardous conditions across much of the northeastern quarter of the nation.
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Videos for National Weather Service

Freezing weather turns trees into icicles at U.S. ski resort [Video]Freezing weather turns trees into icicles at U.S. ski resort

Massive icicles cover charming fir trees at a ski resort in Pennsylvania, video posted online shows

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:45Published

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A Stunned Iguana? [Video]It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's A Stunned Iguana?

The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail. But HuffPost reports that temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents..

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Planes streaking across Kansas’ night sky captured in timelapse video [Video]Planes streaking across Kansas’ night sky captured in timelapse video

Timelapse captures stars and trails of light flashing across the night sky in Goodland, Kansas

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:28Published

Brr! American Midwesterners Urged To Stay Put During Massive Snowstorm [Video]Brr! American Midwesterners Urged To Stay Put During Massive Snowstorm

Tens of millions in the American Midwest remain in the path of a dangerous winter storm through the weekend. CNN reports two-thirds of the US is being affected by this storm. On Saturday, significant..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Nation Reels As Storms Leave Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power [Video]Nation Reels As Storms Leave Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power

At least nine people died, more than 1,000 flights were canceled and hundreds of thousands were without power in five states on Saturday. Reuters reports massive winter storm system dumped snow,..

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Amazon delivery truck swerves off interstate in high winds [Video]Amazon delivery truck swerves off interstate in high winds

Extreme gusts of wind caused an Amazon Prime delivery truck to lose control and crash into the median on a Colorado interstate on New Year's Day.

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Winter storm slams Midwest

The National Weather Service says a winter storm will create hazardous travel conditions from the Plains into the Northeast through the weekend. (Jan. 17)  
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Students scatter as 'microburst' rips hole in school gym

The National Weather Service confirmed a microburst came through Clinton, North Carolina, creating wind speeds of up to 85 mph.
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Tornado, storms strike North and South Carolina

A small tornado tossed around cars outside a South Carolina high school on Monday, the National Weather Service said. School officials in Sampson County, North Carolina say a storm caved in part of a..
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Residents survey Alabama tornado damage

Residents of Pickens County, Alabama returned on Sunday to survey damage done by a tornado one day earlier. The National Weather Service said a tornado packing winds of at least 134 mph hit Pickens..
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Drone video of South Carolina tornado damage

The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-2 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 130 mph struck Kershaw County in northern South Carolina on Saturday night, doing extensive damage to a high..
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Snow, Tornadoes and Freezing Rain Are Coming to a Wide Swath of the Country

More than 60 million people were under winter weather advisories and warnings, according to the National Weather Service.
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Sloppy mix of wintry weather plows its way toward northeastern U.S.

A wintry weather zone stretching from the middle of the United States to the Atlantic Ocean will bring locally heavy snowfall, freezing rain and a potentially slippery morning commute to the northeast,..
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Millions are bracing for the impact of dangerous weather

The National Weather Service warns travel could become "impossible" in some places
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Powerful storms threaten travel plans for millions

There are travel warnings for dangerous weather conditions across the nation, as storms punch their way from the Rockies to the Northeast. A separate system is expected to bring snow and heavy rain to..
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Winter storms threaten to snarl US holiday travel

A strong winter storm was expected to drop up to a foot of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming, prompting airlines to issue travel alerts and the National Weather Service to issue blizzard and winter..
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Tornado rips through Dallas, destroying homes and businesses

The National Weather Service said a tornado that ripped through the Dallas area was a powerful EF3, with winds of about 140 miles an hour. It blasted apart homes and left thousands without power. Omar..
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Reagan Library threatened by dangerous California wildfires

The National Weather Service issued an "extreme red flag warning" as powerful winds caused a fire to explode in Simi Valley, California. The flames threatened thousands of homes and the Ronald Reagan..
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Historic winds expected in Northern California amid wildfires

The National Weather Service says Northern California could experience a potentially historic wind event this weekend. Jeff Berardelli gives the latest forecast.
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Hundreds of records could fall as cold, snow, ice sweep across nation

148 daily record lows are forecast to be broken, tied, or come within 1 degree between Tuesday and Thursday, the National Weather Service said.
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Easy Fire near Los Angeles spared the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It's still threatening 7,000 homes

Hurricane-strength winds could fan the Easy Fire that is threatening 7,000 homes in California's Ventura County, the National Weather Service warned.
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Lighter winds help firefighters in N. California

The National Weather Service says an improved weather outlook should help firefighters battling a wind-driven wildfire in Northern California's wine country that's forced the evacuation of several..
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Floods receding in western Washington state

The National Weather Service's Seattle office said heavy rains this week had tapered off and most of Western Washington's rivers crested Tuesday and receded below flood stage. Flooding is expected to..
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Gulf Coast braces for a possible tropical storm

The National Weather Service warned that "strong winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge flooding, and dangerous rip currents are likely"
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Powerful September snowstorm slams northwestern Montana

A winter storm warning is in effect until Monday morning for portions of north central Montana, the National Weather Service said
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Puerto Rico, still recovering from Hurricane Maria, braces for Tropical Storm Karen

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Karen's exact path was not yet undetermined.
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Radar picks up huge swarm of dragonflies in parts of southeast U.S.

The National Weather Service radar showed the large blob extending from Virginia to North Carolina
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Swarms of dragonflies are so big they're popping up on weather radar

Last week, the National Weather Service reported swarms of dragonflies on radars in Ohio.
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All Was Quiet at the Birmingham Weather Office. Until a Trump Forecast Brought a Storm.

Tornadoes are the most challenging tempests that the National Weather Service workers in Alabama typically handle. But all that changed with a faulty Hurricane Dorian tweet by the president.
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NOAA chief defends Alabama office after Trump Dorian tweet

The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday defended a regional National Weather Service (NWS) office in Alabama that told residents the state was not at risk from..
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NOAA scientist looking into "potential violations" with Trump's hurricane claims

There are new accusations the Trump administration may have tried to pressure the National Weather Service to change an advisory for Hurricane Dorian, to cover up a mistake by the president. Weijia..
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Trump's feud with weather officials over Alabama tweet ramps up

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement Friday to say the information they gave the president over the weekend did in fact include Alabama in their Hurricane Dorian..
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A Presidential Storm Leaves Forecasters Rebuked

The parent agency of the National Weather Service’s Birmingham, Ala., office issued a statement admonishing it for challenging President Trump’s claim about a hurricane threat to Alabama.
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Big waves amid Dorian storm surge warnings

Big waves were seen on US East Coast beaches as Hurricane Dorian drew near. The National Weather Service said a storm surge warning was in effect from Sebastian Inlet, Florida to Surf City, North..
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Heat wave across central U.S. prompts health warnings

The National Weather Service's heat warning covers most of Missouri and eight other states
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Rare lightning strikes 300 miles from North Pole amid hot summer in the Arctic

In an unusual event Saturday evening, multiple lightning strikes were detected within 300 miles of the North Pole, the National Weather Service said.
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Cape Code tornado rips off roofs, wrecks beach

A tornado struck Yarmouth, Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.
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National Weather Service bakes biscuits in a car

The agency performed the hilarious experiment to warn locals of the dangerous heatwave this weekend
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D.C. will be as hot as Death Valley as record-breaking heat wave scorches most of the US

Record hot temperatures are likely, says National Weather Service. Heat index is forecast to surge past 100 degrees and near the 110s in many areas.
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Why overnight temps make heat wave even more excruciating

National Weather Service says about 120 record-high minimum temperatures could be set – meaning there will barely be any relief at night
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A heat wave will scorch the central and eastern US this week. Here's how you can stay cool and survive

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for large swathes of the country where temperatures will reach triple digits this week.
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In Hurricane Barry's wake, here are the worst floods in American history

24/7 Wall St. used data compiled by government agencies, including the National Weather Service, and consulted sources to develop this list.  
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Flooding threatens Louisiana as Barry moves inland

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings across the state of Louisiana as Barry continues to move inland. Broussard, Louisiana Mayor Ray Bourque joined CBSN on the phone to discuss..
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New Orleans, already hit by floods, prepares for arrival of a potential Hurricane Barry

The weather disturbance in the Gulf is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Barry by nightfall and hit as a hurricane Saturday, NWS says.
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