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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is praising a bill aimed at improving weather forecasts. H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, is sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas and Rep. Jim Bridenstine.
“When it comes to surviving a tornado, every second counts,” said Doak. “That’s why this bill is so important. I commend Rep. Lucas and Rep. Bridenstine for their hard work on this much needed legislation which includes a Tornado Warning Improvement Program to help develop advanced notification systems. I have no doubt this bill will save both lives and property.”
H.R. 353 directs the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to focus resources and effort to:
-Rebalance NOAA funding to place a higher priority on weather-related research and activities;
-Emphasize developing accurate forecasts and timely warnings of high impact weather events;
-Create programs to extend warning lead times and improve forecasts for tornadoes and hurricanes;
-Develop a plan to utilize advanced technology to regain U.S. superiority in weather modeling and forecasts;
-Increase focus and continue development of seasonal forecasts; and
-Enhance coordination among various federal government weather stakeholders.
The legislation also authorizes and extends a NOAA pilot program to purchase commercial satellite weather data.
H.R. 353 has passed both the House and Senate and only needs the President’s signature to become law.
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