NOAA's 'digital front door' updated with enhanced features that reflect your feedback
A little over 5 years ago, we completely redesigned noaa.gov to bring you a richer, more engaging digital experience. At that time, we committed to using your feedback, analytics and other key metrics to continually improve on that initial design.
Today, we're launching a site refresh. Continuing our theme of "At Your Service," we've made subtle, but important changes to improve the overall usability of our site and "findability" of NOAA's engaging and informative content. We'll continue to use analytics, observations and your input to make additional updates and improvements to the site that make sense and bring you to the content you need when you need it.
Ready to explore? Take a quick tour to familiarize yourself with the latest updates to our digital front door:
Focusing on our mission
Our Focus Area section continues to highlight the diverse range of our work – from Ocean & Coasts to Satellites and everything in between. Our left-side menu allows you to navigate between these areas throughout your site experience. Consider these small icons as mini-portals that transport you to more specific, in-depth information and resources across NOAA's mission.
News, resources — and your local weather conditions! — at your fingertips
Our homepage goes far beyond delivering news information. Quickly access news, resources and the weather you rely on, wherever you are. We've expanded the weather component to show local conditions at the top of all pages — you can still change your location quickly and easily as needed and still access your full local forecast from weather.gov, the main website for NOAA's National Weather Service.
- Updated site header - The header has been revamped to make it more usable and accessible from any page on the site. We've added the Official U.S. government website banner, updated the weather lookup feature, and added quick links to important site information, News and features, Tools and resources, and About our agency.
- New Tools & resources section - We've expanded on our "frequently accessed tools and resources" homepage drop down, building out an entire section full of useful products and services organized primarily by our focus areas. This new format is now accessible from anywhere on the site via the "Tools" link in the top right heading navigation, as well as the left icon menu and in the footer.
- Content display changes - The hero image now depicts the headline story only, moving "Around NOAA" below into white space for easier viewing on all screens. Our "Explore" features are listed below with highlights for focus areas in the page body for easier access.
- Simplified footer - The footer has been streamlined, changing the color to help with readability and condensed to bring all links to the center and all social media links and feedback tools to the right.