These analyses provide results that help drive efforts of improvement related to the achievement of a Weather-Ready Nation. Analyzing the frequency of storm events by WFO can help the NWS in terms of preparing more cautionary information to the public. Knowing which category of events causes the most fatalities and injuries, and where these events occur, also provides the NWS with knowledge about when and where the Nation needs to be even more resilient. Also, with awareness that certain WFOs are more prone to events, results lead to an optimized staffing profile to accommodate a heavy workload during periods of frequent and major weather events.
To gain insight into the performance of the NWS and where improvements could occur, NWS Service Assessments were also reviewed. By reading through these Assessments conducted within the last five years, facts, best practices, findings, and recommendations related to several recurring themes were recognized. This analysis evaluated some of the strongest and weakest areas of service. Comparing performances in regards to theme (social media messaging, warning lead-time, trainings, etc.) provided an indication of what areas require the most improvement. Overall, these new results are used to inform the NWS OWA project as it works to better align their operations and workforce to accomplish the NWS primary mission: protecting life and property from extreme weather, water, and climate events.