"The National Weather Service is determining whether there will be a broader federal assessment of the government's preparations and response to Sandy," National Weather Service Spokeswoman Susan Buchanan said.
The Service Assessment Team that was organized to review the effort of the National Weather Service during Hurricane Sandy was disbanded Thursday after the team's first meeting.
Assessment team members, including AccuWeather's Mike Smith, were contacted via email by Douglas Young, Performance Branch Chief at NOAA, Thursday morning, informing them that "all plans and activities that have started should now cease."
The Assessment group was organized by David Caldwell, Director of the Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services at NOAA, and made public on Monday.
The group was to include experts from the private sector. No reason for the change has been announced. It is not known if the collaborative review would include experts who are not employed by the government.
"If a broader federal assessment does not move forward, the NWS will conduct an assessment of the agency's performance as it routinely does," Buchanan said.
The National Weather Service has come under criticism after deciding not to issue any hurricane advisories for Sandy north of North Carolina.
Sandy, which plowed onshore in southern New Jersey on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, around 8:00 p.m. resulted in the death of more than 110 people, and caused an estimated $30-50 billion in damage.
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The first round of severe weather in 2018 for the south-central United States is expected to ignite from eastern Texas to western Arkansas as this weekend comes to a close.
At least five people were killed when an avalanche struck a group of Turkish soldiers conducting military operations in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.
The storm that delivered welcome snowfall to ski resorts out West will unload travel-snarling snow across the midwestern United States through Monday.
A storm will track and strengthen from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest of the United States and produce a swath of heavy snow and gusty winds on its northwestern flank.
The same storm set to spread travel-disrupting snow across the central United States will prevent the January thaw from lasting past midweek in the midwestern and northeastern United States.
On the heels of damaging windstorm Friederike, another winter storm will target Germany into early next week and further disrupt travel and cleanup operations.
Flooding and ice jams led to a local state of emergency in Kent, Connecticut, earlier this week. Upcoming warm weather and rainfall may add to the concerns facing this community.