After a slew of contentious hearings and controversial bills last week, there was finally something upon which both members of Congress and scientists could agree– two decades is too long to wait for updated legislation on weather radar. Yet the last major weather bill was passed in the 1990s, and some cities are still not receiving timely, critical information needed to prepare for disasters.
Tagged: Weather Forecasting
In 2016, the U.S. had more floods than any year on record. The worst was in Louisiana, where at least 13 people were killed and roughly 60,000 buildings were destroyed, costing $10 billion. There were 91 other weather, climate, or geological disasters in the U.S. last year including severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts.
In a scene more appropriate for a college laboratory than the Capitol building (lab safety protocols aside), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) measured pH on the Senate floor during an ocean acidification demonstration. The act...
This week, students and coders in 20 cities across the country voluntarily gathered to collect and back up copies of federal climate data, while on Capitol Hill, lawmakers discussed the future of the Earth Science Mission at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The mission monitors more than a dozen earth science satellites that provide data on the ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere and account for about $2 billion of NASA’s $20 billion budget.
A teacher in Boise checks his weather app and packs an umbrella while a Miami businesswoman decides to work from home because the local news announces her usual route to work is flooded. What do these two have in common? The information they rely on for their daily activities depends on observational data from the ocean. Some ocean observations provide real-time results, but others must be continuously collected for years before significant patterns and changes can be detected and analyzed. Due to the vital importance of observing systems to the benefit of our nation’s economy, national security, and scientific enterprise, the National Academy of Science’s Ocean Studies Board ad hoc observations committee held a two-day workshop to hear expert opinions on ocean observation systems as they draft a report prioritizing imperative ocean variables for climate research.
Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.
The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine current and future U.S. weather satellite systems, as well as the partnerships that facilitate accurate and timely forecasting.
This week’s ongoing Advances in Earth Science Briefing Series focused on these data as an asset for decision-making. Speakers highlighted the current state of data collection and its myriad uses.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing to assess products and technologies in the private weather sector and public-private partnerships for weather forecasting.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held a hearing this week addressing improving weather forecasting.