"We can and must do more relative to severe weather," AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers testified on Thursday, May 23, 2013, during a hearing called Restoring U.S. Leadership in Weather Forecasting.
"People should not live in fear in America's heartland, in its cities and along its coasts," Myers added.
The Subcommittee on Environment of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology held the hearing in order to:
"...examine ways to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) protection of lives and property through improved weather forecasting and to receive testimony on draft legislation to prioritize research and computing resources, augment observing system planning and emphasize research-to-operations technology transfer."
A draft bill in the House of Representatives, called the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013, would put a focus on NOAA's forecasting rather than climate research. The bill would also grant permission for the government to buy weather data from commercial providers. Furthermore, government weather instruments could fly on private satellites, or vice versa.
At the Thursday hearing, Myers pointed out that the National Weather Service did an outstanding job providing warning for the Moore, Okla., tornado on Monday, May 20, 2013. He mentioned the huge progress in tornado forecasting that has been made since the 1950s.
A National Weather Service survey team photo shows the devastation of the Moore, Okla., tornado that touched down on Monday, May 20, 2013.
Myers agrees that the partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial to further advancements in weather forecasting.
"In the United States, the National Weather Service, America's weather industry, and the academic and research communities, each have important and complementary roles to play. It is a unique and special partnership for the benefit of the nation."
This topic first came into focus during Superstorm Sandy as the ECMWF (European) model outperformed U.S. forecasting models in terms of the storm's track.
"This gap presents issues from an economic, safety and national security standpoint," Myers said. "Relying on other countries, for better weather models, places America in a weak and subservient position."
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of this week.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week, and Southern California will not be excluded from rainfall this time.
A strengthening tropical cyclone will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeast India and Bangladesh this week.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will target a part of the central United States at midweek.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
New England (1761)
Southeast New England Hurricane -- "most violent in 30 years"-- thousands of trees uprooted in MA and RI blocking roads.
Newbury, VT (1843)
12 inches of snow.
East Coast, USA (1878)
"Gale of '78;" hurricane center over Richmond, VA. Washington, DC. barometer reading of 28.78"/975 mb. Cape May had winds of 84 mph from the SE. Highest tide ever for the Delaware River. Winds 100 mph at Wilmington, DE. Severe damage in Philadelphia.