Understanding climate phenomena on a global scale is vital to the problem of forecasting climate for the U.S., as it is for the rest of the world.
Because many NWS climate products are global in nature, NWS is engaged with the international community. NWS climate scientists serve as experts on World Meteorological Organization Teams, participate in international research projects and collaborate on international climate products. In addition, NWS is involved in international training activities and in development of climate products for humanitarian purposes.
One of the best examples of NWS international involvement is the African Desk, which was established in 1994 to focus on short term climate monitoring and predictions for Africa. More recently, the African Desk has been quite active in the WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) for southeastern Africa. The Desk continues to provide a seamless suite of products ranging from daily weather products to subseasonal and seasonal climate forecasts to both domestic and international institutions. The week-1 forecast for Africa expressed as probability of total precipitation exceeding 50 mm is shown.
The African Desk has also merged with another CPC International Program that includes projects executed for the USAID: the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWSNET) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Program with focus on Southeast Asia, Central America, and Africa. The CPC International Program is designed to develop products that assess vulnerability in many of the world’s emerging nations, including those in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
"Assessing the past, predicting the future and delivering a local perspective on global climate today."
An engaged, responsive NWS that delivers state-of-the-art, timely, and reliable climate information and decision support services to help the Nation address environmental impacts.
To ensure NWS has the capacity to develop and deliver reliable climate services integrated with weather and water information through user engagement, policy development, data stewardship, incorporation of research into operations, training, education, and outreach in collaboration with partners.