The President’s Proposed Budget Would Fire Hundreds Of Meteorologists And Slash Tornado Research
The president’s proposed budget for 2020 makes more than $75,000,000 in cuts to the National Weather Service that, if passed, could adversely affect the agency’s ability to keep the public safe during severe weather. The NWS is a force of nature that works tirelessly behind the scenes to warn every square inch of land in the United States when hazardous weather is on the way. Most Americans hardly realize how much they utilize the agency’s products and services until they’re under threat.
The National Weather Service occasionally faces political pressure due to the mistaken belief that private weather companies could pick up the slack of a reduced NWS and provide the same services the federal agency does. Contrary to those assertions, private companies would find themselves lost without the critical services and infrastructure provided by the NWS. Most of the observational data, weather radar imagery, and much of the weather modelling used by private weather companies is maintained by the federal government. It’d be prohibitively expensive for each company to foot the bill for these services on their own.