Proposed Bill: S.786
Posted by tim in Pissed on May 25, 2005

National Weather Services Duties Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)


I have just e-mailed my senators with the text quoted below. Read the bill, read my text, and e-mail your senators!

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Senator: I am certain you're aware of propsed bill S.786, "A bill to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, and for other purposes." I am writing you to express my disgust of this proposed bill and what it would cause, in hopes to sway your opinion if it is otherwise. From what I have gathered from the text of this bill, the public existance of NOAA, the National Weather Service, and the Storm Prediction Center would be abolished. Living on the edge of "Tornado Alley", in an area affected by the heavy lake-effect snows, and just on the edge of the Iriquois river, the residents of this area depend highly on the services provided by NOAA and its sub-parties. Hundreds of times a year, we are issued advisories, watches, and warnings of this weather. As an amateur storm spotter, I know what role the public has in the issuance of these watches and warnings. Those of us who are trained in storm spotting rely heavily on the forecast products available from NOAA, the NWS, and the SPC. Why from these providers? Because 1) We are paying for these services with our tax dollars, 2) On average, we can't afford a paid subscription to the other services, and 3) Because they are the most accurate products available. The day these products are no longer available to us, the storm spotters, the general public, is the day the reports that save lives are degraded, generalized, and cut off all together. The biggest point I have to make here is that the quality of public weather awareness and safety will basically disappear if S.786 is passed. THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN! Please, Senator, voice your opposition to this bill and stop it from being passed!

Already sent one in.

  • Posted by Joe (Guest) on May 25, 2005 at 09:30:17PM

That's what I'll be both faxing and mailing this to my Senators.

  • Posted by Josh (Guest) on May 26, 2005 at 06:55:38PM
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