In DepthForecasting

U.S. Congress wants to know the weather weeks ahead

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Science  09 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6317, pp. 1212
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6317.1212

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The U.S. Congress is poised to pass a sweeping weather bill, the first in a generation, that, among its many provisions, aims to bolster the capacity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make seasonal weather predictions between 2 weeks and 2 years out. The bill also calls for NOAA to improve its hurricane and tornado research, directs the agency to improve tsunami warnings and research prehistoric surges, orders the agency to evaluate how well the public understands its weather alerts, offers a sharp response to NOAA's delayed and overbudget satellite missions, and requires NOAA to shift from relying exclusively on its own satellites and weather data and to look for commercial alternatives wherever possible.