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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Heavy flood threats this week.

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Quoting Surfcropper:


LOL

And Reagan used to steal cans of beans from homeless shelters too.





**for hundreds of years there was a myth passed around that said**

Right there.
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Quoting beell:
I would suggest that Argumentum ad Nauseum is pretty popular here also


Wit in Latin now. I am becoming more proud of you bloggers every day.
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Just popped in to see what was going on with the future squall line heading over the southeast.Seems like troublemaker JFLORIDA is living in the 1940's"AGAIN"
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364. beell 2:00 PM PST on March 08, 2011

I would suggest that Argumentum ad Nauseum is pretty popular here also



:)
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364. beell
I would suggest that Argumentum ad Nauseum is pretty popular here also
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PWAT values are approaching 2.00 inches south of Louisiana, they better start preparing for flooding rain. This system is gonna have some serious forcing and dynamics with it.

What is of greater concern is the severe potential though.



DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0156 PM CST TUE MAR 08 2011

VALID 082000Z - 091200Z

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FOR PARTS OF LA AND SRN MS...

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM PORTIONS OF EAST TX/OK
INTO THE LOWER MS VALLEY...

...LA/MS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...
A 40 KT SLY LOW-LEVEL JET AND ASSOCIATED WAA REGIME WILL CONTINUE TO
SUPPORT SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT OVER LA/WRN MS THIS
AFTERNOON...AND WILL ALSO AID IN NWD TRANSPORT OF HIGHER THETA-E
AIRMASS. AS A RESULT...DESTABILIZATION AND INCREASING MLCAPE VALUES
/UPWARDS OF 1000-1500 J PER KG/ WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE AREA...AND
SHOULD LEAD TO STORM INTENSIFICATION THROUGH EVENING. AREA VWP/S AND
RUC FORECAST SOUNDINGS SHOW STRONG VERTICAL WIND SHEAR PROFILES ARE
ALREADY IN PLACE...FAVORING SUPERCELLS POSING A THREAT OF
TORNADOES/DAMAGING WINDS AND PERHAPS LARGE HAIL. REF WW 42 FOR SHORT
TERM SVR WEATHER THREAT OVER THIS AREA. OTHERWISE...PREVIOUS
FORECAST REMAINS VALID FOR OVERNIGHT PERIOD.

...OK/TX/AR/NRN LA...
DEEPENING CUMULUS IS OBSERVED IN LATEST VIS SATELLITE LOOP FROM THE
TRIPLE POINT OVER CNTRL OK SWD INTO N-CNTRL TX. THICK STRATUS IS
PRESENT ACROSS MUCH OF ERN OK...BUT CLOUD EROSION IS NOTED FROM THE
RED RIVER SWD...WHICH IS ALLOWING STRONGER SURFACE HEATING AND
TEMPERATURES WARMING INTO THE 70S F. NARROW ZONE OF DESTABILIZATION
EXTENDING NWD INTO CNTRL OK MAY ALLOW BRIEF STORM INTENSIFICATION
AND A THREAT FOR MAINLY LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.
HOWEVER...BETTER INSTABILITY WILL BE LOCATED ALONG AND S OF THE WARM
FRONT OVER NERN TX. HERE...STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES AND EFFECTIVE
BULK SHEAR AROUND 60 KT WILL FAVOR SUPERCELLS PRODUCING LARGE HAIL
/PERHAPS ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT HAIL OVER SRN OK AND NRN
TX/...DAMAGING WIND GUSTS...AND TORNADOES. AS THE WARM FRONT LIFTS
NWD TOWARD THE LA/AR BORDER...EXPANDING WARM SECTOR MAY ALLOW STORMS
TO PERSIST EWD INTO SRN AR/NRN LA WITH A CONTINUED SVR THREAT. REF
WW 43 FOR SHORT TERM SVR WEATHER POTENTIAL OVER THE AREA.

..GARNER/EDWARDS.. 03/08/2011

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1025 AM CST TUE MAR 08 2011/

...SYNOPSIS...
LARGE SCALE TROUGH SHIFTS EWD ACROSS PLAINS THRU THE FORECAST
PERIOD. ONE S/WV NOW ROTATING NEWD THRU KS/NRN OK WHILE UPSTREAM
VORT MAX CENTRAL NM MOVES EWD ACROSS SRN PLAINS TO LOWER MS VALLEY
12Z WED.

IMPRESSIVE MOISTURE STREAMING NWD FROM WRN GULF INTO SRN PLAINS AND
LOWER MS VALLEY THRU THIS EVENING AS A WARM FRONT DEVELOPS INLAND
ACROSS SERN TX EWD INTO SRN MS BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON. STEEP MID
LEVEL LAPSE RATES HAVE SPREAD EWD ACROSS SRN PLAINS INTO LOWER MS
VALLEY THIS MORNING ATOP THE DEEPENING LOW LEVEL MOISTURE AS
DEWPOINTS RISE THRU THE 60S BY THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS LWR MS VALLEY.

..LA/MS LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...
THE FOCUSING MECHANISMS FOR CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT REMAIN A QUESTION
ATTM HOWEVER A WEAK CAPPING INVERSION AND INCREASING LARGE SCALE
FORCING ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN SCATTERED DISCRETE THUNDERSTORM
DEVELOPMENT IN A RATHER STRONGLY SHEARED ENVIRONMENT. FORECAST
SOUNDINGS SUGGEST EFFECTIVE SHEAR VALUES OF 40-50 KNOTS AND 0-3KM
SRH OF 250-350 M2/S2. WITH LARGE SCALE ASCENT INCREASING BOTH DUE TO
CONTINUED WARM ADVECTION AND APPROACH OF THE NM IMPULSE AND
MID/UPPER LEVEL WIND MAX... DISCRETE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT
APPEARS LIKELY BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING VICINITY OF THE
WARM FRONT MOVING INLAND ACROSS LA AND SRN MS. GIVEN THAT MLCAPES
INCREASE TO 1500 J/KG AND FAVORABLE SHEAR ENVIRONMENT NOW IN PLACE
WILL JUST IMPROVE THRU THE AFTERNOON...THE THREAT OF SUPERCELLS
DEVELOPING INCLUDING TORNADOES ARE LIKELY BEGINNING BY LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING TONIGHT ACROSS LA INTO SRN MS. THERE IS
THE RISK OF STRONG TORNADOES. UPSCALE ORGANIZATION INTO BOWS/LEWPS
IS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS
SPREADING EWD INTO WRN AL.

PORTION OF THIS AREA HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A MDT RISK DUE TO THE
GREATER CONFIDENCE OF THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG TORNADOS.

...OK/TX/AR/LA...
BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON...THE SURFACE DRYLINE WILL SURGE EASTWARD
INTO EAST-CENTRAL OK AND CENTRAL TX. MODELS STILL DIFFER ON THE
EXTENT OF CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE BOUNDARY...BUT SUFFICIENT
RISK IS PRESENT TO MAINTAIN SLIGHT RISK ALONG THIS CORRIDOR. THOSE
STORMS THAT DO DEVELOP WILL POSE A THREAT OF LARGE HAIL... DAMAGING
WINDS...AND EVEN ISOLATED TORNADOES. IT APPEARS THE MOST LIKELY
AREA FOR THUNDERSTORMS ALONG THE DRYLINE WILL BE ALONG AND
IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF THE RED RIVER LATER TODAY. THESE STORMS WILL
SPREAD EASTWARD INTO PORTIONS OF AR/LA THIS EVENING WITH A CONTINUED
SEVERE THREAT.

CLICK TO GET WUUS01 PTSDY1 PRODUCT

NOTE: THE NEXT DAY 1 OUTLOOK IS SCHEDULED BY 0100Z
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Quoting Surfcropper:


Or 150 years of industrial particle waste, eh?

We could always check the records...which began in the 1970's.

Its feasible to base theory of a 4 billion year old planetary system on 40 years of observation.

Make it law! Sign it.


Oh, I see. Well, the universe has been around for roughly 14 billion years, but we've only had telescopes for 400 years or so; by your reckoning, then, astronomers have no business developing theories either. Okay, got it... :-\

(By the way: scientists have been concerned about the effects of rising CO2 for well over 100 years. Just sayin'...)
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Quoting Surfcropper:
Hurricanes are beneficial to life



That, and it gives most of us on here something to watch.

Afternoon all. Speaking of hurricane season..






2011 not as warm as 2010, but nearly as warm as 2005 was in March and warmer than 2008, the most recent neutral year.
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This blog is getting plagued with stupidity, lets return back to weather.
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Concerning the Library of Alexandria: I think the following link gives a pretty good overview of it's history. The article gives sources at the end.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2233/wha t-happened-to-the-great-library-of-alexandria
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Quoting Surfcropper:
WU should change their name to AU

Argument Underground


LOL nice one
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348. Grothar
9:30 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
All of this talk reminds me of a paper a student wrote on Homer. He wrote, "Most of the works attributed to Homer were not written by him, but by someone else named named Homer, who never got the credit for it."
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347. Neapolitan
9:29 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting Surfcropper:


Yeah...who knows really.

To bad there was no TMZ reporter around with his scrolls and carrier pigeons.

Thousands upon thousands of years of stories make up our histories. Its always possible for people of the day to misinterpret actuallity.

Much like the conclusions offered today in the field of climate science.

Or the Bible. or the Qu'ran. (Though to be fair, modern climate science isn't based on hearsay handed down through a hundred generations, but rather hundreds of thousands of valid and verifiable data points, so your comparison = fail.)

Weatherwise (if anyone is interested) there's a nice line of summer-like sea breeze thunderstorms popping up around SW Florida. Radar.
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343. Jedkins01
9:22 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting SAINTHURRIFAN:
Well unfortunately J.F. Im sorry my grammar offends you.But trust me from what I read you offend quite a few yourself.And the last time i checked the NAZI PARTY was called the NATIONAL SOCIALIST Party.While this ignorant ole countryboy was getting his dumb ole MBA in Industrial mgt, I took a course in NAZI GERMANY.IT was a socialist workers party founded by Hitler in 1922.He was arrested during what was called the beer hall putsch.In prison he wrote MIEN KIEMPH.Im sure I spelled that wrong.He became chancellor in 1933 after Hindenburg died h made hiself dictator.The group that aided him to his success was Ernest Rohm leader of the SA or brown shirts.He did away with them during what was called the night of the long knives,because the German army would not give thier support to him until he did away with them.This gave rise to the SS under the leadership of HIENRICH HIMMLER.I apologize to the rest of bloggers for this off topic post but due to the arrogance and closed mindedness of JF FLorida I thought he should know not to judge a book by its cover.And in the founding days of this country thier were a lot of people who discovered and invented better ways of life that could not read or write.Some had very little schooling.I guess you should have been there to tell them thier point did not matter and they were ignorant.Once again closed mindedness is blindness.One sided views and ideas are the way of ignorance and immaturity.For you jf i hope you find some peace and forgiveness for those evil folks who tend not to agree with everything you say.I hope you have a blessed day.



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339. Grothar
9:14 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting Neapolitan:

We should ask Grothar; I hear he had one of the first cards issued...

That library, by the way, has a very Glenn Beck-ian past: for hundreds of years there was a myth passed around that said the library was intentionally destroyed upon the orders of a Muslim caliph; this served to stir up resentment towards Islam, and to help justify anti-Muslim bigotry. Sound familiar? ;-)



Most of the stories of the actual destruction of the library were based upon stories written by many different people over many centuries. It is possible that some, may in fact, have been true, but mostly now disregared. The probability exists that the destruction took place over the course of many years for different reasons. I know I was taking out scrolls many years past its "supposed destruction" The only verifiable text of the times, indicate that Mark Antony gave Cleopatra thousands of scrolls of documents. It has been interpreted that he gave here these to replace the burned ones. However, the library was, in fact, still very much around.

If the library had been burned, I doubt very much the Caesar story, which was probably written by his distractors. I personally believe it was Hellenes Stupidus, the Greek librarian who sneaked a smoke behind one of the columns. If any of you are interested, do a little research. Interesting story.
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338. goosegirl1
9:11 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting Surfcropper:


The Muslim faith didn't appear on Earth until over 600 years after the destruction of the Great Library.

And I'm sure the 250 years of Muslim conquests after the death of Muhammad didn't justify anti-Muslim bigotry at all.




Read the "myth" part. Myth means we know it wasn't true, but used as an excuse anyway.
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328. Tropicsweatherpr
8:39 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
TSR released today their March forecast for the WPAC. 28/18/8 are their numbers for this forecast,more than what 2010 had.

Link
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325. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:32 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
TORNADO WATCH
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324. goosegirl1
8:32 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting SAINTHURRIFAN:
To goose girl your family was not what I was talking about.It was the able bodied people who choose not to work and get the benefits they get me.I had a aunt like your father who was a single mother raising 5 children while she WORKED as a maid with a heart condition.She was also refused any gov aid but had to watch ones get it who chose not to work drive off in thier car while she rode the bus.And was to proud to ask family for handouts.Now the derogatory remarks to God is your choice, but I feel the rest of us who do believe should not be ridiculed for our beliefs.Despite the sarcasm i still humbly say to you God Bless.


No sarcasm intended. Fortunately for all of us, our founding fathers believed in religeous freedom for all Americans. We can believe in any or no god, it's our choice.
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323. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:31 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
TORNADO WATCH

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