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NWS Publications: NWS SPC

Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

SPCNOAA's Storm Prediction Center, an NCEP organization, provides timely and accurate watch and forecast products/information dealing with tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, wildfires, and winter weather. SPC employees conduct applied research into the science of severe and dangerous weather

Historical Publications

Predecessor Organization


NSSFCThe National Severe Storms Forecast Center changed its name to the Storm Prediction Center in 1997 in a reorganization designed to collocate storm research with operations. Historically, NSSFC had the responsibility for issuing tornado and severe thunderstorm watches (in the case of large hailstones and high winds) for the contiguous 48 states.

Historical Publications