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National Weather Service
Agency overview
Formed February 9, 1870
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland
Agency executive Dr. John "Jack" L. Hayes, Director
Parent agency NOAA

The National Weather Service (also known as NWS) is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. Its job 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 collection of national and regional centers, and more than 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). Since the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain.

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