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National Mesonet Program

The concept of the National Mesonet began in 2006 when the Congressionally-directed UrbaNet program leveraged Earth Networks’ existing network of thousands of weather tracking stations to report live observations in real time for all hazards in high-threat metropolitan areas across the United States. Since that time, the National Mesonet Program (NMP) has grown to become a Program of Record with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS), encompassing surface in-situ networks, mobile observations, and remote sensing vertical profiler data to improve real-time forecasts and support critical decisions made daily across the country. It is recognized as an essential component of NOAA’s operations and its progress towards a “Weather Ready Nation.”