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The Sequester Threatens U.S. Ability To Anticipate Severe Weather

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the Government Accountability Office ranked the pending satellite gap among the top 30 threats facing the Federal government.

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JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 8:25 am
News: The Sequester Threatens U.S. Ability To Anticipate Severe Weather

By Jeff Spross on Feb 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

The budget cuts in the sequester, set to take effect on Friday, March 1, could seriously compromise the ability of the National Weather Service to provide timely, reliable weather forecasts, according to both government officials and leaders in the industry. [WaPo]

“Sequestration substantially increases the risk that the United States will not be a weather-ready nation,” said Kevin Kelly, a lobbyist at Van Scoyoc Associates, who advocates for the weather enterprise. “Communities that experience a heightened risk of severe weather – which affects large portions of the nation in the spring and summer – face the chance of greater danger because the Weather Service will not be operating at 100 percent.”

The cash-strapped National Weather Service is facing increasing scrutiny over its inferior computer modeling power compared to international peers and is anticipating a likely gap in weather satellite coverage. Last week, the Government Accountability Office ranked the pending satellite gap among the top 30 threats facing the Federal government.

The Department of Commerce warned that not only will the loss of satellite data and imagery diminish the quality of forecasts, but so will other important weather data surrendered by spending cuts.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 10:35 am

Oh my goodness, what's a warning about a Super storm like Katrina or Sandy? Much ado about nothing, it's just a little water. And...floods, loss of life, dangerous diseases that breed in the still waters of the aftermath, lack of readiness, will mean lack of food and water supplies. Will first responders have time to prepare? The past 15 years have given us many stupid decisions, but this just may be the crowning achievement. Though I have noticed some ideas for "work arounds" for defense cuts, cause we all know that our MILITARY is barely ready to make war on Interstellar invasions. We can annihilate any country on earth with barely more than a hiccup and yet, we are so insecure we must protect the massive military, while leaving the rest of the country in a deep black hole.

Bob P (394)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 11:13 am

Jane K (10)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:01 pm
There was just a big report on the US model for weather prediction and how the European model is newer and much more accurate. Therefore, just use the European model results until we can get ours up to date in the future. We aren't in any danger since we can still see when storms are coming , see:

Darren W (218)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:03 pm
Disappointing lack of discrimination here...

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:20 pm
You are welcome.
More accurate for predictions for Europe Jane and not connected to US emergency entities, whose funding has also been cut so cannot take on the work of changing the connections if the laws even permitted.

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:48 pm
Noted, thanks.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 6:39 pm
You are also welcome Jaime.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 7:01 pm
I think they will find a way to deal with this and make sure all emergency systems remain able to fully function.
But if not, if govt would actually dare to leave people in danger of whatever due to spending cuts, you'll have to be in a permanent state of alert I guess. Live like indigenous people to predict the weather.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 7:04 pm
I'm told that that's the way it is in "tornado alley" during the tornado season. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 8:39 pm

I live in Tornado alley and we do have a warning system, it's probably from the 1950's but it's loud and we know when they are coming. The shelters are small, most of us stay home and have a [hopefully] safe place in our homes. Living with tornadoes is far different than being ready for a storm like Sandy.

Jane K (10)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 8:50 pm
Sorry J.L. but they are already using the European model here and report on it with every storm warning. It was more acurate in the last 2 disasters right here in the USA, so no not just more accurate in Europe. I stand by my previous comments, no danger, all weather emergencies willl be reported right here in the USA using info from the European model. Al Roker and the weather channel have reported that the European model is more accurate predicting the weather in the USA than the US model.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 9:03 pm
"So which is the best? The best forecasts are made by combining the forecasts from three or more models into a "consensus" forecast. "

EU by itself is insufficient

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday March 10, 2013, 7:07 am
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