I posted a blog item last week on the way that Hurricane Sandy focused attention on a lag in performance of the U.S. weather forecast model compared to the European model--but this is a big enough subject that it's worth another look. Following is a link to an article by Politico that has more detail on the deficiencies in development--and yes, funding $$$--that the "Sandy" event exposed. Here is the introduction:
Sandy is calling new attention to a long-running debate about whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is getting the money and resources it needs to track and predict life-threatening storms.
Yes, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center nailed the forecast track four days out, projecting that the ferocious storm would slam into the New Jersey coast and giving officials time to warn of deadly flooding and wind.
But some wonder if the public could have gotten warning even earlier.
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