Agnes Floods: A Post-Audit of the Effectiveness of the Storm and Flood Warning System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [open pdf - 2MB]
"In any natural disaster of magnitude, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which includes the National Weather Service, mounts an immediate investigation to ascertain in what manner its grave responsibilities to the public were discharged and in what particulars improvements should be made or developments initiated. Tropical Storm Agnes was a natural calamity of such extent that any system, designed primarily for day-to-day operations but with a readiness for ordinary emergencies, would have been strained to the utmost. Because of the magnitude of the disaster, and questions raised about the role of predictions and warning in such an exceptional event, Dr. Robert M. White, Administrator of NOAA, requested the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA) to make an independent evaluation of the weather and flood forecasting-warning-dissemination system."
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