Capital Weather Gang: Government


Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Snow days on the rise? A detailed look at every major D.C. area school district

The frequency of school closures this winter has sparked a local debate: do schools close more often now than they used to?

By Dennis Mersereau  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/14/2014

Why COSMIC-2 is a lot more than ‘nice to have’

Last week Sen. Richard Shelby remarked that observations from the satellite constellation COSMIC-2 are only “nice to have.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

By Richard Anthes and Thomas Bogdan  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Beautiful new postage stamp features sea surface temperatures

On April 22, the Postal Service introduces the “Global Forever: Sea Surface Temperatures Stamp.“

By Jason Samenow  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Imagery, International Weather, Latest

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014

House passes “Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014

Bill to support enhanced forecasts is first passed by any house of Congress since 1992.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:32 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Government, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/28/2014

Sense of urgency needed to steady U.S. weather forecasting

Weather models are only as good as the data that goes into them, and we are now facing a potentially imminent gap in critical weather data

By Anne Hale Miglarese  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014

NASA launches game-changing satellite for tracking global precipitation

As large areas of the Earth’s land and ocean don’t have radar or rain gauges, this satellite mission will help fill massive gaps in precipitation observations.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:40 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Science, Space

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Counterpoint: Fairfax County’s defense for shutting down

In the spirit of giving Fairfax County Public Schools an opportunity to offer its reasoning for closing today, I’m posting an explanatory message from its Facebook page.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:23 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Time for Fairfax County to toughen up

President Obama implied Washingtonians were weather wimps in 2009. Fairfax County is proving itself to be a poster child for such a characterization.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Snow

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 12/19/2013

NOAA worker satisfaction plunges; lawmaker proposes move to Interior

The Partnership for Public Service released its latest report on Federal worker satisfaction and, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the trends are not pretty.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:57 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Typhoon and hurricane storm surge disasters are unacceptable

It’s past time nations and the global community make storm surge disasters stop.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:09 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, International Weather, Latest, National Weather Service, Tropical Weather

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Chance of snow: Or, a likely possibility of snow or rain expected Tuesday; when weather communication goes bad

The effective communication and corresponding wording and graphics of today’s weather forecasts have not kept pace with the great advances in the science.

By Bob Ryan  |  09:41 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Winter Storms

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Federal shutdown fury: How missing weather data could cost the public, insurers big money

The implications this shutdown is having on forensic meteorology, attorney's, courts and the insurance industry is quite troubling, and could linger for a year or two.

By Howard Altschule  |  03:41 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/09/2013

15 ways the Federal shutdown is hampering the National Weather Service

From a lack of janitorial services to canceled travel to broken data streams - the shutdown has unleashed a torrent of obstacles for Weather Service forecasters.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:18 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/07/2013

NWS forecasters overcome nastiest elements in Federal shutdown; hike to work in blizzard

National Weather Service forecasters hiked to work and slept there during South Dakota’s extraordinary blizzard, falling in the midst of the Federal shutdown.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service, U.S. Weather

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message

In a public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office encoded this secret message: “Please pay us.“

By Jason Samenow  |  05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown stopping flow of weather information as dangerous storms threaten nation

Certain Federal resources for communicating information about hazardous weather are down and out within 48 hours of a possible life-threatening hurricane, blizzard, severe thunderstorm outbreak and wildfires.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Federal shutdown weakens weather and climate enterprise

Much of the National Weather Service is still functioning, but that does not mean all is well in the world of weather and climate with much of the Federal government closed for business.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 09/30/2013

National Weather Service would continue operating in shutdown

If the Federal government shuts down starting Tuesday, you will still receive its weather forecasts and warnings.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:43 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, National Weather Service

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Weather data: A national security priority

For the sake of our fellow citizens in Boulder, it’s time to treat the decline of our satellite weather capabilities as a threat to our national security.

By Nancy Colleton  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Satellites

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Join the Capital Weather Watchers program; free NWS Skywarn Spotter training

In partnership with the National Weather Service, we're offering a weather spotter training class September 25, at 7 p.m. at The Washington Post.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:16 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Weather Gang, Government, Latest

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 08/21/2013

National Hurricane Center gives storm surge modeling a major boost

The National Hurricane Center is running an improved version of its old, reliable storm surge model on faster computers to help emergency managers update hurricane evacuation plans.

By Jack Williams  |  11:53 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Is the National Weather Service issuing too many thunderstorm warnings?

It happened again last night. What many would consider a rather ordinary summer storm triggered a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service (NWS) for much of the D.C. area, leaving some meteorologists scratching their heads.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:20 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Thunderstorms

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Weather service models running on new, vastly more powerful supercomputer

The nation's major weather forecasting models are now working their magic on a new supercomputing powerhouse.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:43 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/18/2013

The sequester's worrisome impact on Hurricane Hunters

The National Hurricane Center is facing a potentially dangerous shortcoming when it comes to observing hurricanes.

By Brian McNoldy  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Senator Mikulski touts National Weather Service computer upgrades

Senator Barbara Mikulski wants the U.S. to have the world's best weather forecasts and is using her position in Congress to arm the National Weather Service (NWS) with the tools to generate them.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:56 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 06/25/2013

New Weather Service supercomputer faces chaos

Chaos has unexpectedly become a factor in the testing of National Weather Service's new supercomputer.

By Steve Tracton  |  03:21 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Making a splash: NOAA's tipsy ship launch sprays shards of wood (VIDEO)

Viral video, which just surfaced in the past two days, shows how a NOAA ship launch was not so smooth and nearly disastrous.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Weather Service systems crumbling as extreme weather escalates

Multiple system failures at the National Weather Service in the past week are raising concerns that its ability to warn the public of hazardous weather could crack at any time.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:16 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Weather Service Sandy assessment emphasizes importance of effective risk communication

By Jason Samenow  |  02:53 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, U.S. Weather

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Game-changing improvements in the works for U.S. weather prediction

An infusion of funding into the National Weather Service from Hurricane Sandy relief legislation promises to facilitate massive upgrades to the supercomputers that may dramatically improve local, national, and global weather forecasts.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:20 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Hiring freeze hobbling operations at local Weather Service office

Hiring freeze decimating operations at local Weather Service office

By Jason Samenow  |  04:44 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/02/2013

FAA delays decision on terminating contract weather observers

Contract weather observers at 142 airports nationwide, whose jobs were in imminent jeopardy, got a temporary reprieve Wednesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aviation, Government, Latest

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 05/01/2013

FAA plan to terminate airport weather observers raises travel safety concerns

By Jason Samenow  |  01:07 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aviation, Government, Latest

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013

PM Update: Few showers Wednesday; Mikulski criticizes proposed NOAA furloughs

A weak front lurking to the northwest slinks south Wednesday, acting as a focus for clouds and a few showers, while cooling us off just a bit.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:03 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Forecasts, Government

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Weather training organization in jeopardy after Weather Service cuts

The nation's leading online training program for meteorologists is pleading for a cash infusion from users in the wake of government spending cuts that threaten its survival.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Why the National Weather Service should not be consolidated

I read with more than a little disappointment [Jason Samenow's] recommendation that forecast offices be consolidated. This recommendation has been rejected before by Congress and for good reasons.

By Richard Hirn  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Policy

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Weather Service updates criteria for hurricane warnings, after Sandy criticism

Today, the National Weather Service announced forecasters will have the option to issue hurricane warnings in a future Sandy-like scenario.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Government, Latest, Policy, Tropical Weather