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The American Forces Network Weather Center (AFNWC) produces 8 daily, regionally-focused weather programs covering 100 locations spanning across six continents for the AFN authorized audience overseas. AFN is often the only English-language broadcast for U.S. military members, their families and other U.S. government employees serving their nation.

Key Functions 

 

AFNWC has served the overseas AFN audience for over 20 years, delivering timely and accurate forecast products in English using the Fahrenheit scale, as opposed to Celsius, which is used in most other countries. AFNWC is part of the 2d Weather Squadron, falling under the 557th Weather Wing, both of which are located at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The AFNWC is staffed with four Air Force weather forecasters who produce eight television weather broadcasts daily. The AFNWC provides daily overseas weather forecasts for global publication in Stars and Stripes newspapers, which has more than 350,000 readers.

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 a challenging task as some sites are in very remote areas that are limited in meteorological data.

The weather shows are a high visibility AFN television segment with over 500,000 viewers in 171 countries. These programs are available on the 557th Weather Wing website, providing easy access for internet-connected audience members. 

 

Training

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. These broadcasts mirror the production content and quality of stateside commercial broadcast news stations, offering their audience significant weather impacts, cloud coverage and high/low temperatures for each forecast location.

(Current as of April 2021)