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  • This operational server maintains a current database of meteorological and hydrological data, historical data, and written information generated by the NWS or received from other official sources. In addition, this server accesses in realtime a selection of current official weather observations, forecasts, and warnings from U.S. government sources for use by the national and international community. In an effort to enhance the science, experimental products may be accessible on this server and care must be taken when using such products as they are intended for research use.
  • This server is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week . Timely delivery of data and products from this server through the Internet is not guaranteed. Official NWS dissemination systems which can provide timely delivery of data and products are listed below.
Use of Data and Products
  • The information on government servers are in the public domain, unless specifically annotated otherwise, and may be used freely by the public so long as you do not 1) claim it is your own (e.g. by claiming copyright for NWS information -- see below), 2) use it in a manner that implies an endorsement or affiliation with NOAA/NWS, or 3) modify it in content and then present it as official government material. You also cannot present information of your own in a way that makes it appear to be official government information. Use of the NWS name ("National Weather Service") and/or visual identifier are protected under trademark law. Neither the name nor visual identifier can be used in a manner that implies an endorsement or affiliation with NOAA/NWS. Use of the NWS name and/or visual identifier to identify unaltered NWS content or links to NWS web sites are allowable uses. All other uses require express written permission.
  • Before using information obtained from this server special attention should be given to the date & time of the data and products being displayed.
  • The user assumes the entire risk related to its use of this data. NWS is providing this data "as is," and NWS disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will NWS be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profit resulting from any use or misuse of this data.
  • As required by 17 U.S.C. 403, third parties producing copyrighted works consisting predominantly of the material appearing in NWS Web pages must provide notice with such work(s) identifying the NWS material incorporated and stating that such material is not subject to copyright protection.
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Google Maps and Google Earth map information and photographic imagery are used under license by Google. NOAA/National Weather Service data presented using Google Maps/Google Earth are in the public domain and is also made available in open standard KML/KMZ format. The map information and photographic imagery contain trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. This does not imply an endorsement of Google, Google Maps, or Google Earth products or services by NOAA/National Weather Service. Under the terms of the license, you are permitted to copy or use the Google Maps/Google Earth images on your site so long as Google Maps/Google Earth trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features are not deleted or in any manner altered.

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A number of social media/Web 2.0 tools and services used by NWS offices allow the public to post or otherwise contribute to the site. While we value your participation in these forums, whether hosted by the government or by third party services, please keep in mind that we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won't allow comments that:

  • are from anyone younger than 13 years of age;
  • contain defamatory, libelous, vulgar, obscene, abusive, profane, threatening, racially and ethnically hateful, or otherwise offensive or illegal information;
  • contain advertisements, endorsements, or promotions, including spam and similar content;
  • contain comments on matters unrelated to activities of the National Weather Service or its programs, policies, operations, or general areas of responsibility;
  • contain impersonations;
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  • recommend that members of the public contact a member of Congress or of a state or local legislature; or
  • contain comments regarding a candidate in a partisan political campaign or regarding a political party;

Posts that violate any of the NWS comment policy will be removed immediately. Failure to comply with NWS comment policy may result in a possible bar to your participation, or a complaint to the service provider that your account has violated Terms of Service agreements


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