After a year of devastating hurricanes, weather-induced wildfires, and widespread drought the Trump administration’s budget proposes an eight percent drop in the NWS budget. Where will we get our forecasts from, for-profit commercial providers? Keep in mind that Accuweather, The Weather Channel, etc. were not the entities that launched the next generation weather satellite systems.
Fresh on the heels of the costliest year on record for weather disasters, with economic damages exceeding $300 billion in the United States, the Trump administration has proposed cutting the National Weather Service’s budget by about 8 percent. It also recommends eliminating 355 jobs at the agency, including 248 forecasting positions.
Additional proposed cuts at the Weather Service, part of the overall $75 million reduction, include:
- A $15 million cut in the surface and marine observations program, which includes data points that provide information on ocean cycles such as El Nino.
- An $11 million cut to the agency’s tsunami warning program.
- A $14 million cut to its science and technology integration activities, which would decrease investments in weather and water modeling and some supporting evaluation.
Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff, The Washington Post, by Jason Samenow, February 12, 2018.