American Forces Network Weather Center
Published November 09, 2012
The American Forces Network Weather Center (AFNWC) produces daily, regionally-focused weather programs covering 85 cities on six continents for the AFN authorized audience overseas. AFN is often times the only source for English-language broadcasts for U.S. military members, their families and other U.S. government employees serving their nation.
AFNWC has served the overseas AFN audience for over 20 years, delivering timely and accurate forecast products in English and using the Fahrenheit scale. It is part of the 557th Weather Wing, formerly the Air Force Weather Agency, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
The AFN Weather Center is staffed with four Air Force weather forecasters and they produce eight television weather updates daily. These programs mirror the production content and quality of stateside commercial broadcast news stations and offer the audience high and low temperatures, cloud cover and significant weather predictions for each forecast location.
Forecasters use the latest weather observations, model data, and forecast products to analyze and create timely and accurate forecasts for the worldwide audience. This is often challenging because some forecast locations are in very remote areas with limited available forecast data.
The Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, provides broadcast announcing and video production training for our forecasters to help them deliver professional, broadcast-quality programs. In 2017, AFNWC transitioned to the AccuWeather Storm Director Software and modern video editing systems, which allow the forecasters to produce weather updates on par with local and national-level weather broadcast stations and entities.
The weather shows are a very popular AFN television segment with over 400,000 viewers in 171 countries. These programs are also available on the 557th Weather Wing website, providing easy access for internet-connected audience members. The AFN Weather Center also provides daily overseas weather forecasts for global publication in Stars and Stripes newspapers, which has more than 350,000 readers.
(Current as of September 2017)