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August 31, 2022

Microsoft joins NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative to help improve America’s readiness and response to weather events

Microsoft announced today that it has joined the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This initiative is NOAA’s successful, long-running program to formally recognize partners who are improving the United States’ readiness, responsiveness and resilience against extreme weather, water and climate events.

Weather by Microsoft Start powers experiences integrated into Microsoft 365, the Microsoft Edge browser and over 1.4 billion Windows devices worldwide. Using industry-leading machine learning and AI, Microsoft combines multiple observational datasets with its proprietary algorithms designed to generate highly accurate forecasts. As a proud Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, Microsoft will continue to connect users with weather information that matters to them, helping people make informed and knowledgeable decisions.

Map showing severe weather warning for Winnsboro, Louisiana
NOAA NWS Warnings on Microsoft Start

Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more closely aligns with the NOAA National Weather Service’s mission to provide weather, water and climate data, forecasts, warnings and impact-based decision support services for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.

This alignment will enable Microsoft to continue building capabilities to better keep users informed and prepared for weather events and help NOAA reach even more people as they work to safeguard life and property. Weather by Microsoft Start is built into an intelligent, personalized feed that delivers up-to-the-minute information in intuitive experiences at users’ fingertips at no cost.

“Microsoft performs a critical role in making sure the public receives National Weather Service weather warnings,” said Ken Graham, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Working together with our Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, we provide useful and relevant information to communities, businesses and individuals to help them become ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather and water events.”

“The Weather Ready Nation Ambassador role for Microsoft makes perfect sense given the mission alignment,” said Taroon Mandhana, Corporate Vice President of Content Services. “However, this is just the beginning — further efforts in building a Weather-Ready Nation will include additional capabilities, notifications and weather content helping both Microsoft and NOAA reach our common goals to protect and empower everyone.

Users can reach their personalized weather forecast and feed by clicking on the weather icons on the Windows 10 and 11 taskbars, from the Microsoft Edge new tab page, or from the Microsoft Start homepage.

Windows 11 weather flyout menu
Windows 10 weather flyout menu