This is not just about taxpayer dollars or which company has the best forecast. It is a public safety issue.
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.
Facing criticism for not issuing hurricane warnings for the Northeast coast during Superstorm Sandy, the National Weather Service has changed its warning policy. Now the National Hurricane Center would have the option to issue hurricane warnings in a Sandy-like scenario.
It's a somewhat stormy time for the nation's weather enterprise. Painful cuts are underway at the National Weather Service and a gap in weather satellites may degrade forecasts. Here are five recommendations for the weather community to consider to address these challenges...