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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology


Working Group for Federal Meteorological Handbook #1

JAG/FMH1 Purpose

The Joint Action Group for Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 (JAG/FMH-1), provides a forum to maintain and update FMH-1, which defines the observing, reporting, and coding standards for surface based meteorological reports.

The JAG/FMH-1 will:

  1. Periodically review FMH-1 to maintain currency with surface observing equipment and practices.
  2. Meet as needed to update and address issues related to FMH-1.
  3. Coordinate and help prepare changes to FMH-1, coordinate proposed changes within host agencies to obtain broad agency acceptance, and review the arreed implementation of changes prior to higher level approval.
  4. Respond as appropriate to Interdepartmental Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (ICMSSR) review of proposed FMH-1 changes.
  5. Maintain cognizance of international meteorological surface observing and coding standards and adjust FMH-1 as needed.
  6. Update ICMSSR on the status of work as requested and address ICMSSR taskings as directed.


Meetings are held as updates are required for FMH 1. Meeting information can be found here.


WG/FHM-1 publishes Meteorological Handbook #1. For information on a new version of FMH-1 to go into effect on November 30, 2017, contact OFCM.