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QUESTION: Is all weather data collected from small outdoor stations that volunteers monitor and report to a central data collection agency, or is there also an actual physical building that we call a Weather Station? Can the news room where meteorologists broadcast the weather news also double as a Weather Station?

ANSWER: Hi Lou

Officially NOAA is the agency that makes and collects official weather observations:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/osd/portal.shtml

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/coop/





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QUESTION: Sorry, I'm still confused. I do know there are lots of volunteers who send in their data from their own mini-weather stations. What I'm having trouble determining is whether there is a big, physical building we call a weather station, and is it also a place that would broadcast the weather on TV? I didn't see that clarification on the links you sent. (Or do you mean I should contact them with the question?)

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Hi Lou

"I do know there are lots of volunteers who send in their data from their own mini-weather stations."

It is true that allot of citizens forward their storm reports to TV and Radio station meteorologists to help them keep their watchers / listeners informed of local conditions.
However, those are not official NWS /NOAA reports.

"there is a big, physical building we call a weather station."

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/wdcmet

"also a place that would broadcast the weather on TV?"

Private  meteorologists and NOAA when there is a major storm.  

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