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The National Weather Service Forecast Office and its 123 local forecast offices issue weather forecasts from watches and warnings out to 7 days in advance to protect life and property from acute short-term threats due to severe weather events.

  • Watches/Warnings - The National Weather Service posts all available severe weather warnings for tornados, hurricanes, flash floods, winter storms, severe thunderstorms, and special marine conditions.

  • 0-48 Hours - One can click on a state and receive state-specific National Weather Service daily weather and aviation forecasts as well as fire conditions, river levels and other relevant topics.

  • 3-7 Days - The National Weather Service medium range forecast products include: 1) surface pressure patterns, circulation centers, and fronts for days 3, 4, and 5 into the future, 2) daily maximum and minimum temperatures and anomalies for days 3-7, 3) daily precipitation probabilities for days 3-7, and 4) total 5-day precipitation for days 1 through 5. These products are issued once per day along with a written discussion for the contiguous 48 states. Separate forecasts, similar to the 5-day mean products, are prepared for Hawaii.


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