The authors of the document currently have the name of the website followed by the website URL:
Example: ...National Weather Service (http://www.weather.gov/)...
Would it be preferable to have just the words National Weather Service displayed, but hyperlinked to go to the website?
I do not believe this has anything to do with accessibility but rather only with usability: sometimes it can be useful to see the URL displayed (as opposed to being kind of hidden in a Link) – like in this case, most readers could probably remember the URL (as it is a very obvious one, once you have seen it), and then simply type it into the URL field of their browser (when they are not looking at the document anymore).
Thank you for the input. A few of the links are simple, like the example. Others are more complex, but still readable/memorable and the view that people will be able to remember the URL and go to it directly later is a good point.
The reason I was asking is that alt text is supposed to be provided for all hyperlinks and I end up basically entering the same text as appears directly before the URL.