Advancing NOAA’s Subseasonal and Seasonal Prediction in Support of the Weather Act of 2017

Tuesday, 9 January 2018: 7:00 AM-8:15 AM
Room 14 (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Host: Town Hall Meetings
Hendrik Tolman, NOAA, NOAA/NWS/OSTI, Silver Spring, MD
Timothy L. Schneider, NWS/Office of Science and Technology Integration, NWS/STI, Boulder, CO
David DeWitt, NOAA/NWS, Climate Prediction Center, College Park, MD

The Weather Research and Forecasting Act of 2017 authorizes NOAA’s Subseasonal and Seasonal (S2S) forecast responsibilities.  Congress’s policy is “that it is in the public interest to maintain an active Federal involvement in providing and improving the use of weather and climate information...”  Congress has asked NOAA, in consultation with partners and stakeholders, to provide it with a report that includes:  (i) an analysis of how NOAA’s S2S forecasts are used for public planning and preparedness; (ii) NOAA’s plans for the continued improvement of an S2S forecasting capability, including products to meet the needs described in number ‘i’; and (iii) an identification of the needed research, monitoring, observing and forecasting requirements for number ‘ii’. This AMS Town Hall will review the contents of Section 201 of ‘The Weather Act’, describe what has been done through the present, and seek input from the community through active and lively dialogue.

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