Thursday, November 29, 2012

For the Second Time: The National Weather Service Should Not Investigate Itself

On Friday, November 2, I posted the following:
This evening, I'm posting the very same headline because the National Weather Service has decided to investigate itself.

As readers of this blog know, a few days later, I was asked to co-lead the National Weather Service's Sandy Assessment (SA):

Then, to everyone's shock, the SA was terminated three days later.

Today, the NWS did what I feared: Announced a new service assessment with no one outside of government as participants.

NOAA Statement of 11/29/12:
NOAA will proceed with an assessment of National Weather Service products and services during Sandy as it often does after damaging or deadly weather events. The new assessment team will soon form and focus on reviewing the policies underlying weather watches and warnings, and storm surge-related products. The team's report will identify best practices, provide recommendations for service improvements, and include a suggested implementation plan. The proposed assessment team includes representatives from across NOAA and other government agencies, including FEMA.

As far as I can tell, no one from the original assessment has been asked to participate in this new version. 

I still believe that NOAA investigating itself (with or without other federal agencies) is a bad idea, especially with no one from outside of government participating. That said,

I wish the new Sandy SA team well and look forward to reading their findings.  

1 comment:

  1. Recommendation II.a at (Side note - like their concern about false alarm studies)


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