This Republican-Penned Bill Just Needs the President’s Signature to Pass
I’m going to get political here, so just bear with me.
There is a bill that has already passed the Republican-dominated House and Senate; all that is left for the bill to pass is the signature of President Trump.
This bill is potentially the first piece of major weather legislation since 1990.
And when it comes to better forecasting potentially dangerous weather, it’s really not a political issue at all.
Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 is a bill that would help improve both short-range and long-range extreme-weather forecasts.
Now before you go and get all worked up about increased spending, let me point something out.
The 97-page bill co-authored by Republicans and co-sponsored by members of both parties establishes priorities and authorizes funding but doesn’t directly call for any additional funding for NOAA.
What’s in the Bill?
For starters the bill will help stimulate the private weather sector for government use. By using new, more affordable, potentially better sources of data NOAA will be able to better forecast extreme weather events. But it doesn’t stop there.
- Develop formal plan for weather research
- Improve watch and warning system for severe weather
- Look into commercial weather satellites instead of expensive, government satellites
- Improve long-range weather forecasts
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. The bill goes on to detail the many other ways NOAA could help improve extreme weather forecasting and getting that information to the public.
The bill has already received widespread approval from more than just the two parties of the House and Senate.
Researchers, forecasters, and members of academia all believe this bill will be a big step forward in extreme weather forecasting.
For WeatherNation — Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo