NWS San Juan Puerto Rico
The National Weather Service
is an agency under the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, which is a part of the Department
of Commerce. The mission of the National Weather Service is to provide
weather forecasts and hazardous weather warnings to the public.
We maintain a constant eye on the weather across the country 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A staff of over 4,500
skilled employees accomplish this mission with the assistance of
high-speed computer networks, an orbiting fleet of weather satellites
in space, and ground-based radar systems. The San Juan forecast
office is staffed 24 hours a day with at least one meteorologist
and one hydro-meteorological technician. This office provides forecasts
for users across Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United
States. One of our major duties in this office is the coordination
with the National Hurricane Center
and dissemination of products, statements, watches and warnings
during the Hurricane Season. Several times each day, forecasts are
prepared in both English and Spanish
for use by the general public, broadcast media, and the aviation
Our new state-of-the-art WSR
88-D Doppler Radar is a valuable resource to aid in alerting
the public to potentially dangerous weather.
The Staff consists of 10 meteorologists,
6 hydro-meteorological and meteorological technicians, 2 electronics
technicians, an electronics systems analyst, an information technology
officer, a service hydrologist, a secretary, a data acquisition
program manager, a warning coordination meteorologist, a science
and operations officer and a meteorologist in charge.
The history of this NWS office dates
back to the past century. Our forecast area of responsibility includes
all of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands and the
coastal waters surrounding this area out to 20 nautical miles. San
Juan is located on the Northern coast of Puerto
Rico in the Caribbean. There are numerous links to information
about Puerto Rico on the internet. The U.S.
Virgin Islands are located about 50 miles east of Puerto Rico.