|Formation||December 15, 1975|
|Legal status||501(c)(6) non-profit|
|United States (primarily)|
|Subsidiaries||Local and student chapters|
The National Weather Association is, along with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), one of the two principal meteorological organizations in the USA. The NWA focuses on operational meteorology, i.e., weather forecasting and the application of forecasts to human affairs. To accomplish this, the Association's objectives are:
There are dozens of local and student chapters of the National Weather Association. The national organization, as well as some local chapters, conduct conferences on various aspects of operational meteorology (i.e., weather forecasting and presentation). The NWA's primary assembly is the NWA Annual Meeting.
The NWA awards scholarships and grants to mostly undergraduate students, but they do award some scholarships and grants to graduate students majoring in meteorology or a related field of study. The NWA also annually bestows awards to outstanding practicing meteorologists.
NWA engages in advocacy activities, such as releasing policy statements on topics including use of storm shelters, climate change, FCC broadcasting issues, and positions on weather observation systems. The organization also hosts WeatherReadyFest, an annual public outreach event which draws thousands to a different science museum each year ahead of their annual meeting.
Like the AMS' Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal, the NWA also has a Seal of Approval for broadcasters. Sealholders must pass a multiple choice test on meteorological principles and submit tapes to a panel of fellow weathercasters for review. Unlike the AMS seal, a college degree in meteorology or the physical sciences is not required, although there is a minimum experience requirement (a broadcaster must have three full years of on-air experience, or two full years of five-day-a-week forecasting, to qualify for the seal).
The NWA also offers a digital seal, with the goal of distinguishing scientifically based credible weather content on the internet from all others.
The National Weather Association publishes the following scientific journals: