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Aviation Weather Center - About Us

Aviation Weather Center Mission Statement

The Aviation Weather Center delivers consistent, timely and accurate weather information for the world airspace system. We are a team of highly skilled people dedicated to working with customers and partners to enhance safe and efficient flight.

Our Vision

To be the trusted authority and leading innovator for aviation weather information.

About NCEP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) to take advantage of improving technology and better serve the public and modernized National Weather Service. The NCEP’s goal is to protect life and property, as well as mitigate economic loss, by providing accurate forecasts and forecast guidance products to weather service field offices.

The NCEP prepares and makes available national forecasts and outlooks of weather and climate. Meteorologists currently generate weather forecasts for three to five days, soon to extend to seven days. Climate predictions are made for two weeks out to a year.

Nine national centers comprise the NCEP:

  • Aviation Weather Center
  • Climate Prediction Center
  • Environmental Modeling Center
  • Marine Prediction Center
  • NCEP Central Operations
  • Space Environmental Center
  • Storm Prediction Center
  • Tropical Prediction Center
  • Weather Prediction Center

The NCEP was established in 1958 as the National Meteorological Center. Since the center’s beginning, operational weather forecasting has transformed from an infant discipline into a mature science.

About ADDS

The Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) makes available to the aviation community text, digital and graphical forecasts, analyses, and observations of aviation-related weather variables. ADDS is a joint effort of NCAR Research Applications Program (RAP), Global Systems Division (GSD) of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Aviation Weather Center (AWC).

Visiting the AWC

The Aviation Weather Center is located about 3 miles southeast of the Kansas City International Airport. It is co-located with the NWS Central Regional Headquarters and the NWS Training Center.

7220 NW 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153-2371

Visiting Kansas City

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