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Storms await weather executive at climate agency

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Science  20 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6361, pp. 287
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6361.287

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President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a wealthy businessman with no scientific expertise. That's unusual for an agency traditionally led by administrators holding scientific doctorates. But Barry Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, the for-profit forecasting company in State College, Pennsylvania, is well-acquainted with one NOAA division: the National Weather Service (NWS), which provides free data and models to companies like AccuWeather. That background worries some agency insiders, but could also provide an opportunity to open the agency up to outside collaboration, some researchers say. If confirmed, Myers, who has spoken little on global warming, will lead a climate-focused agency that has faced proposed budget cuts from President Donald Trump's administration, raising fears that NOAA's best researchers could flee the agency.