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14th Weather Squadron

The 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, N.C., is part of the 2nd Weather Group headquartered at Offutt AFB, Neb.

The 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, N.C., is part of the 2nd Weather Group headquartered at Offutt AFB, Neb.

Mission 

Collect, protect, and exploit authoritative climate data to optimize military and intelligence operations and planning.

Personnel and Resources 

14th Weather Squadron is the Air Force’s only climate operations unit, co-located with the National Centers for Environmental Information (formerly the National Climatic Data Center) as part of the Federal Climate Complex in Asheville, North Carolina. They consist of two flights, a Climate Operations Flight and a Systems Flight, with 62 authorizations.

Operations

14th WS is the Air Force’s go-to source for climate services! The unit ingests nearly two million weather observations and gridded climate datasets every day, and are stewards of DoD’s only authoritative climate data archive. 14th WS collects weather data from numerous worldwide sources and provides quality control to ensure an authoritative 40-terabyte climate data archive. Additionally, the unit provides climate services subject matter expertise and leverages its archive to respond to 800 tailored support requests and 400,000 web hits per year from joint forces, Intelligence Community, and DoD strategic planners. 14th WS enables decisions regarding weapons system basing, sensor fielding strategies, weather forecast operations, and informs national-level decision makers about current and projected climate impacts. Finally, as the sole active duty military unit in western North Carolina, our Special Ceremonies Team fulfills traditional Honor Guard and Color Guard duties.