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You tried to get weather information and received “N/A” for your location. Why?

Tornadoes pose a significant threat to life and property, but NOAA scientists and forecasters are working hard to keep you and your family safe.
 

If the current conditions aren’t available…

This usually means that there’s an issue with the weather observation equipment closest to your location. There could be a wide range of issues from communication, to damaged observation sensor(s). These observations are very valuable to NOAA's National Weather Service and are generally addressed in under 48 hours.

You can find observation information for other, alternative nearby locations by heading to weather.gov and using the “Local forecast by "City, St" or ZIP code” box on that page. There you’ll find a “More Local Wx” link.

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If both current and forecast information isn’t available…

The data stream that the National Weather Service provides for use at NOAA.gov is likely experiencing an issue. Again, another alternative is to go to weather.gov and use the “Local forecast by "City, St" or ZIP code” box on that page to go to the full National Weather Service forecast page.

How does this weather widget work?

When you enter your ZIP code or City, ST on the NOAA.gov web page, the

NOAA homepage weather widget information
 

site communicates the information to a service provided by the National Weather Service and forecast and observation information for that location is displayed in return. It is all the same information you can find by heading to weather.gov and using the “Local forecast by "City, St" or ZIP code” box on that page.

The information is provided by what is called an Application Program Interface (API) via an HTTP request over the internet. You can

leverage that same information in applications you develop! This is the format of the URL: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=32.7&lon=-97.3&FcstType=json&callback=jsonCallback

If you have any specific questions about the use of this API, please email nids.support@noaa.gov

 

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. We want to make sure you and your loved ones are ready to face and bounce back from hazardous weather.

How can you do this?

“Be a Force of Nature”

  • Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.
  • Take Action: making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes creating a disaster supplies kit and making sure that you can receive emergency messages.
  • Be an example: Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your weather preparedness story. Be a Force of Nature by letting your friends and family know what you did to become weather-ready.

Learn more about how to “Be a Force of Nature” here.