Weathering the Storm: How Can We Better Communicate Weather to Enhance Commerce and Safety? Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 22, 2015   [open pdf - 491KB]

This is the April 22, 2015 hearing, "Weathering the Storm: How Can We Better Communicate Weather to Enhance Commerce and Safety?" before the Full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of Chairman John Thune: "As we consider ways to continue improvements in forecasting, we should also examine how those forecasts are communicated. This is especially true for extreme weather warnings when there is no time for mistakes. Advance warnings can save countless lives, but tragically people still die even when the forecasts are accurate. Research shows that certain warnings create more effective warnings. In light of this research, I believe it is time for the National Weather Service to re-evaluate how it issues warnings for severe weather. In the coming weeks, I plan to introduce bipartisan weather legislation. It will focus on improving seasonal predictions so individuals, government, and businesses can make more informed decisions. It will also seek to improve our severe weather warning system so that additional lives can be saved. This legislation could also improve the 'research to operations' pipeline, create a more effective National Weather Service, and enhance satellite governance. As this committee evaluates opportunities to improve weather modeling and forecasts and the way we communicate about weather events, I look forward to working with my colleagues and stakeholders in the weather community." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jay Trobec, Ron Sznaider, Kim Klockow, and Don Hermey.

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S. Hrg. 114-101; Senate Hearing 114-101
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