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Weather Service makes positive change: HPC to WPC

HPC website screenshot

If you don’t know what HPC is, it’s the NWS center that provides forecasts for accumulating precipitation and extreme temperature events. It provides an in­cred­ibly useful set of map and text products that communicate the risk of heavy rain, ice and snow as well as excessive heat and cold from the short-term up to about 8 days into the future.

Link: About HPC

“The new name captures the breadth of products and services produced by the center,” the NWS said in a public statement. “There has been broad support for the name change by center employees, users of the center’s products and services, the employees’ organization, NOAA leadership, the academic community, the private sector, and other stakeholders.”

HPC’s website address will change from to on March 5.

Related: NOAA News Release

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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