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Budgets Stall But Forecasts Jump Forward

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Science  20 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5282, pp. 1658-1659
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5282.1658


Anxious farmers and sodden picnickers may not believe it, but weather forecasts are actually getting better. Official U.S. daily forecasts reach only 5 days ahead, but meteorologists are now capable of making useful forecasts a week ahead of time. The National Weather Service plans to put the longer forecasts into practice in 1997, but its plans are being hampered by budget and personnel cuts.