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U.S. House looks to improve weather forecasting

U.S. House looks to improve weather forecasting

The above photo shows satellite imagery of developing thunderstorms over the plains states on May 20, 2013.

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on July 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A United States House Of Representatives subcommittee is examining ways to improve weather forecasting at NOAA. 

"NOAA is proud of its record of accurate storm forecasts and warnings.  We are fortunate that the science and technology of weather prediction is in a period where new advances are rapidly becoming available," said Kathryn Sullivan, acting Under Secretary of Commerce of Oceans and Atmosphere and acting NOAA Administrator.

To increase forecast accuracy, Sullivan said NOAA is applying high-resolution models in shorter-range forecasts to increase tornado warning lead time. 

The lead time of 16 minutes before the Moore, Oklahoma tornado was given as an example of what is considered to be a positive increase in warning time made possible by the more sophisticated models.

The GOES-13 Satellite, which provides imagery of weather patterns from space, is being placed into what is called "rapid scan" when the threat of severe weather is developing.  The rapid scan takes an imagery picture every 5 minutes instead of once each half hour.  The rapid scan helps forecasters get a better picture of developing storms and allows forecasters to issue earlier warnings for severe weather.

Other items looked at as funding is being reviewed, includes the fact the NOAA currently spends more than 3 times as much on climate change research as the agency does on weather forecasting research. 

To read more, click on:  www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/house-subcommittee-revisits-ne/14736537

This article was courtesy of AccuWeather and was shared by the National Weather Association.

 

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