Senate committee proposes less drastic budget cuts for NOAA

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:16 PM GMT on March 07, 2011

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Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a new budget (HR 1) for the remainder of the fiscal year that would slash funding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $454 million. This would mean a draconian 28% cut for the National Weather Service, the agency entrusted to protect us from natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Monday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released a proposed alternative to HR 1 that would make a $110 million reduction to NOAA operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. Of the $110 million cut, $104 million was from earmarks that are no longer funded. This effectively only cuts the NOAA budget by $6 million, and would allow NOAA to continue its efforts through the coming tornado, flood, and hurricane seasons to help protect lives and property without suffering from crippling budget cuts.

Now is the time to mobilize to ensure adequate funding for NOAA, and the National Weather Service Employees Organization issued these recommendations in a letter posted on their website today:

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Assuming the Senate adopts this proposal, the effort goes to convincing House Leadership of the important work of the NWS and fully funding NOAA. At this important stage, we ask you to contact Congressmen John Boehner and Eric Cantor and respectfully request that they support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. These congressmen hold the key to the future of the NWS.

To email or call Speaker John Boehner
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

To email or call Representative Eric Cantor
http://cantor.house.gov/contact/

You can also join the Protect the National Weather Service Facebook group, which was created for this cause. Our fan count is growing rapidly but we need more. We want Congress to take notice of how much support our fans have shown. Please share this message with your friends and ask them to click "like" directly on our page. We will have more information, some cool photos and interesting tidbits to share in the coming days.

Sample letters and talking points are available below. Please feel free to use these letters and also tailor them to the particular types of weather for your geographic area. The links below provide email addresses and phone numbers to help you in this effort.

Your support of the National Weather Service is greatly appreciated. You are making the difference in helping the agency continue their mission of saving lives and property. Thank you.


Dear Mr. Speaker (for Speaker John Boehner) OR
Dear Mr. Cantor (for Rep. Eric Cantor)

I am writing to ask you to support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. This proposal will help NOAA and the National Weather Service continue the mission of saving lives and property.

The Senate's proposal includes responsible funding levels in stark contrast to the draconian cuts included in HR1. HR1 would have resulted in the following impacts on the National Weather Service:

* Reduced staffing at Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers would result in incomplete forecast production which could prove disastrous in a significant weather event. Even in the best of cases, it will still mean incomplete forecast production at WFOs that have major product workloads for aviation, marine, tropical and public services.

* This is going to have a negative impact on the economy and on almost every aspect of our daily lives. There will be a large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and the cost shipping food and other products.

* Service backup of 24 Weather Forecasting Offices has never been tested and runs a very significant risk of a missed tornado, flood or severe weather warning. It is risking lives at the onset of both tornadoes and hurricane season. This is also doubling the area of responsibility for operations and adds the risk of degraded service delivery.

* The National Hurricane Center is not immune to these cuts as furloughs and staffing cuts will add strain to the program. The Hurricane Hunter Jet, which provides lifesaving data and helps determine a hurricane.s path, could also be eliminated.

* Information that is vital for weather modeling and accurate tornado watches and warnings will be reduced and in some cases lost. Reduced upper air observations currently made twice a day could be reduced to once every other day. Buoy and surface weather observations, the backbone of most of the weather and warning systems, may be temporarily or permanently discontinued.

Recent advances in aviation weather forecasting have resulted in as much as a 50 percent reduction in weather related flight delays. The Senate.s proposal for funding will help progressive programs such as these continue and may, in turn, prove beneficial to strengthening the economy.
For the safety of our citizens, the protection of property, and the large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and commerce, I am asking you to vote in support the Senate.s proposal for NOAA's budget.

Sincerely,
Your Name

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I encourage all of you to make your voices heard and help preserve funding for NOAA and the National Weather Service.

You can call or email your U.S. Senator using this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information /senators_cfm.cfm

You can call or email your U.S. House of Representatives member using this link: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

The National Weather Service Employees Organization web site has talking points and sample letters (printable) you can use to contact your Senators and Representative.

Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Whitfield have joined Democratic leaders in the U.S. House in authoring the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), a bill to block EPA’s controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak.

The hearing is open to the public and press. Opening statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online at http://energycommerce.house.gov

Jeff Masters

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


We did have quite a downpour yesterday. Flooded the swales. Geflerkenurken tastes good...but can't stand the smell.


Just hold your nose and it will taste like chocolate and strawberries. Are you getting ready for tax time?
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Quoting Grothar:


Making me hungry for geflerkenurken. Get a lot of rain your way yesterday? We finally had some good downpours.


We did have quite a downpour yesterday. Flooded the swales. Geflerkenurken tastes good...but can't stand the smell.
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Quoting spathy:
End of conversation.!>!....

Promise?
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Near New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
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Umm yeah I'm going to do a small prayer for the once "weather" blog.I know I know..I don't want server weather happening to anybody but I'll be glad that we'll probally see some action mid-week.I like to track storms ya know?.It's pretty fun.For those who know how to do it of course.....
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Mogadishu tastes good with a little curry.


Making me hungry for geflerkenurken. Get a lot of rain your way yesterday? We finally had some good downpours.
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Mogadishu tastes good with a little curry.
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Quoting spathy:
When a Gov does too much?
It does nothing well!

And when a government does nothing? You have Ethiopia.

The right's myopic, illogical, and self-destructive focus on shrinking government at the expense of all but the most wealthy who have blatantly stolen it from the rest of us is slowly and surely rapidly driving this nation down to third world status. So I have to ask: how are you going to like living in America's version of Mogadishu? :-\
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
Honestly, to not seek to father knowledge is disgraceful...





Are you recommending everyone gets paternity tests? :D
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Quoting WeatherSarge:
Sorry...I support these cuts and many, many more. While I agree they could definately find a better place to cut, we have to start somewhere. Of every dollar the current administration spends, 40% is "borrowed"...printed out of thin air. If we don't stop this insanity, we will finish off what was once the greatest free market in the world. The American people in general have been lulled to sleep over the past 60 years...We have become complacent and have developed an entitlement mentality and demanded more and more spending until not only is this country broke...WE ARE BANKRUPT...

Please, IF you are going to write your congressmen, Insist on more cuts in spending!

That's the way I see it!


Entitlements? Really? Did you somehow miss the past decade?

Taxes could be raised to pay for all this "demanded" spending. But that would be too much like common sense.

By the way, only the rich get entitlements. Everyone else gets handouts.
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Amen, spathy
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Magnitude 5.0 - KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
2011 March 08 02:10:41 UTC
DetailsMapsEarthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 5.0
Date-Time Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:10:41 UTC
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 02:10:41 PM at epicenter

Location 30.349S, 178.038W
Depth 47.5 km (29.5 miles)
Region KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Distances 123 km (77 miles) S (188) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
1061 km (659 miles) SSW (195) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
3212 km (1996 miles) WSW (238) from PAPEETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Location Uncertainty horizontal /- 20 km (12.4 miles); depth /- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters NST= 48, Nph= 52, Dmin=122.5 km, Rmss=1.22 sec, Gp= 65,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID usb0001qmi



Earthquake Details
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 5.0
Date-Time Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at 01:26:59 UTC
Monday, March 07, 2011 at 04:26:59 PM at epicenter

Location 44.246N, 129.391W
Depth 17.8 km (11.1 miles)
Region OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
Distances 419 km (261 miles) WNW (289) from Bandon, OR
420 km (261 miles) WNW (286) from Barview, OR
421 km (262 miles) W (271) from Yachats, OR
501 km (312 miles) W (275) from Eugene, OR
550 km (342 miles) WSW (257) from Portland, OR

Location Uncertainty horizontal /- 20 km (12.4 miles); depth /- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters NST=198, Nph=206, Dmin=456.4 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp=173,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=A
Source U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID usb0001qly
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Magnitude 5.0 - OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
2011 March 08 01:26:59 UTC
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yes I did go Neapolitan and I am not planing to go partying tonight
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


You're also FAR more likely to die in a weather related disaster than a terrorist attack.

Clearly, we need to declare war on weather.


Hurricanes should be declared a no-fly zone.
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Parade cam,LIVE, Krewe of Orpheus

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Please, IF you are going to write your congressmen, Insist on more cuts in spending!


could we insist they don't wear shoes that cost over $100, and make them do their own laundry?

What if they had to cook their own meals, or live on a budget that does not include manicures and massages?

ahhhh..nevermind...
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
The DoD spends 2-3 billion a DAY mostly on mistakes and failures. THAT would go a long way.

As one pointing out even imagined insufficiencies in climate research I would think a increase in funding would match your arguments, were they even valid for you.


You're also FAR more likely to die in a weather related disaster than a terrorist attack.

Clearly, we need to declare war on weather.
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I have my blog updated go check it out

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Sorry...I support these cuts and many, many more. While I agree they could definately find a better place to cut, we have to start somewhere. Of every dollar the current administration spends, 40% is "borrowed"...printed out of thin air. If we don't stop this insanity, we will finish off what was once the greatest free market in the world. The American people in general have been lulled to sleep over the past 60 years...We have become complacent and have developed an entitlement mentality and demanded more and more spending until not only is this country broke...WE ARE BANKRUPT...

Please, IF you are going to write your congressmen, Insist on more cuts in spending!

That's the way I see it!
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We had the same problem here is Canada. Our weather agency suffered severe cuts back in 2004. Now it takes 4 months to accurately rate a tornado! Often the only way a tornado is even reported is if it hits a town.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hello guys I just got home from the WMO hurricane confrence day 1. I hope I will have what went on in my blog before I go to bed and prep up for day 2. (this meeting will go on the whole of this week).


Awesome! Look forward to hearing it!
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hello guys I just got home from the WMO hurricane confrence day 1. I hope I will have what went on in my blog before I go to bed and prep up for day 2. (this meeting will go on the whole of this week).
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Dear Mr. Boehner,

please forward this to Sen. Inhofe, R. Oklahoma

Global Climate Change Indicators
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Climatic Data Center



Thank you,



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Summers are hot
Winters are cold
That is climate change in a nutshell
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