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Data Center Description
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is part of the National
Weather Service (NWS) and the National Centers for Environmental
Prediction (NCEP). Our mission is to provide timely and accurate
forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes
over the contiguous United States. The SPC also monitors heavy
rain, heavy snow, and fire weather events across the U.S. and
issues specific products for those hazards. We use the most
advanced technology and scientific methods available to achieve
this goal. If you are interested in the history of the SPC we
have a set of pages that document much of the history of the

The SPC uses its suite of products to relay forecasts of
organized severe weather as much as three days ahead of time,
and continually refines the forecast up until the event has
concluded. All products issued by the Storm Prediction Center
are available on the World Wide Web. Our products are commonly
used by local National Weather Service offices, emergency
managers, TV and radio meteorologists, private weather
forecasting companies, the aviation industry, storm spotters,
agriculture, educational institutions and many other groups. A
detailed description of all of the SPC products is available

Our very specialized mission requires meteorologists with a high
level of expertise in convective storm forecasting, as well as
excessive precipitation, winter weather, and conditions leading
to high fire dangers. The SPC staff also is active in
scientific research into severe and dangerous weather. All SPC
forecasters have at least a Bachelor of Science degree in
atmospheric science, and several have done graduate-level
studies or hold a Master of Science degree. Most of the
forecasters at the center have at least 5 years of specialized
experience, with our more veteran forecasters having over 20
years of severe storm forecasting wisdom. We have participated
in several major scientific experiments and field programs in
recent years, including the V.O.R.T.EX. project. The SPC is
located in Norman, Oklahoma, home of the National Severe Storms
Laboratory, University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology and
other weather centers. Our co-location with these groups should
yield even greater scientific opportunities in the
future. Several SPC meteorologists make severe storms their
hobby as well -- being heavily involved with storm spotting and
storm chasing on their own time.


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