Experimental RSS Feeds & Email Alerts 

Email Updates

The National Weather Service (NWS) is proposing an experimental use of email updates to provide NWS information.

To provide this, the services of GovDelivery, Inc. has been procured. GovDelivery provides similar services for a number of other government entities and offers unique ability to allow NWS customers to not only subscribe to NWS bulletins, but to also learn about email updates available from agencies with missions related to NWS.

Please refer to the GovDelivery privacy policy for details on their privacy policy.

This experiment is intended to explore methods to increase dissemination and availability of NWS information and to allow consolidation of several existing email dissemination systems and reduce duplication of effort within the agency.

Sign up for NWS alerts and updates by email  (Note, emails will be sent from the email address nws.noaa@service.govdelivery.com - please set your email spam filter to accept emails from this address to ensure timely delivery).

You are encouraged to complete a short survey on this format

The available updates and bulletins include:

  • National Hurricane Center:
    • Hurricane, marine, and tropical weather forecasts and advisories
  • Storm Prediction Center
    • Severe weather watches and status updates
    • Severe weather mesoscale discussions
    • Convective Outlooks (Days 1, 2, and 3, and Days 4 through 8)
    • Fire Weather Outlooks
  • Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
    • Water supply forecasts

This list will be updated as more bulletins are added during the course of the experimental period. Severe weather watches, warniongs, and advisories will be added later this spring. 

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Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a family of web formats used to publish frequently updated digital content. RSS feeds are most commonly used to update news articles and other content that changes quickly. Users of RSS content use programs called feed 'readers' or 'aggregators' (newer versions of Web browsers offer built in support for RSS feeds): the user 'subscribes' to a feed by entering the link of the RSS feed into their RSS feed reader; the RSS feed reader then checks the subscribed feeds to see if any have new content since the last time it checked, and if so, retrieves the new content and present it to the user.

More information on RSS feeds can be found at the National Weather Service RSS page.




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What is RSS?

RSS has several meanings: Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, and RDF Site Summary where RDF in turn stands for Resource Data Framework. In any case it is a method of summarizing the latest news and information from a website in a lightweight form that can be easily read by any of a number of news readers or news aggregators. The idea is to give users the ability to quickly obtain the latest news and updates from a site in a headline or news digest format. This in turn helps during high-traffic periods by reducing the load on the servers.

What do I need to use the RSS feeds?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It's an easy way for you to keep up with news and information that's important to you, and helps you avoid the conventional methods of browsing or searching for information on websites. Now the content you want an be delivered directly to you without cluttering your inbox with e-mail messages. This content is called a "feed."

RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), which is why you see RSS buttons commonly labeled with this icon: .

RSS Readers

An RSS reader is a small software program that collects and displays RSS feeds. It allows you to scan headlines from a number of news sources in a central location.

Some browsers, such as the current versions of Firefox and Safari have built in RSS readers. If you're using a browser that doesn't currently support RSS, there are a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase. Visit www.weather.gov/rrs for a list of readers.

Using RSS Feeds

The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed, also called a "channel." Follow the directions for your reader but, in most cases, here's how it works:

  • Click on the link or small XML button near the feed you want. For example, USA.gov Updates: News and Features. You'll see a page displaying XML code.
  • From your web browser's address bar, copy the URL (web address). For example, the URL you would copy for USA.gov Updates: News and Features is: http://www.usa.gov/rss/updates.xml.
  • Paste that URL into the "Add New Channel" section of the reader. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines for you.


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