I thought I would take a minute and explain some of the most common and confusing weather terminology – acronyms. Everyone, including this author, almost automatically overuses them. So let’s demystify all these 3 and 4 letter weather words:
- FEMA = The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, created to coordinate the response to any major disaster that has occurred in the United States.
- NOAA = The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific agency that focuses on the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere.
- NWS = The National Weather Service is an agency of the United States federal government that provides weather forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather.
- NHC = The National Hurricane Center is the United States government organization with the mission to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of tropical weather.