"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."
While a pair of storm systems will pass to the north and south of France through late this week, the weather is expected to remain tranquil across the country on Thursday and Friday.
A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck near the Peru-Brazil border region shortly before 6 p.m. local time Tuesday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor was initially recorded as a 6.9.
While Atlanta has received above-average rainfall so far this month, dry and calm conditions are forecast for the Atlanta area this week.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Tropical Storm Sandra, located hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico, is becoming better organized and will likely track northward through the rest of the week.
A storm system will dive southward along the West Coast on Tuesday before tracking eastward across the Rockies into Thanksgiving Day.
Philadelphia, PA/ New York City (1812)
Southwesterly hurricane winds tore roofs off buildings and sank ships.
Ohio, PA, WV, NY (1950)
Record Snowstorm (24th-25th) Location Amount Youngstown, OH 28.7 in. (single storm record) Steubenville, OH 36.3 in. (single storm state record) Pittsburgh, PA 27.7 in. (single storm record) Charleston, WV 25.6 in. (single storm record) Albany, NY 22.5 in.
Typhoon Irma, the worst in 10 years packed winds up to 139 mph and resulted in a storm surge of 16 feet. 236 people killed; 600,000 were left homeless.