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Evolving the National Weather Service. 7. Get your head on straight… and keep it there.

Then Ben-Hadad sent another message to Ahab: “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if enough dust remains in Samaria to give each of my men a handful.” The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service. 6. Water.

Continuing from the previous LOTRW posts… In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the 1980’s and 1990’s, it was common to hear newcomers to the agency speak of “putting the O back in NOAA.” There was the feeling in … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service. 5. Stakeholders

Continuing from the previous LOTRW posts… There are many reasons to like the NWS Weather-Ready Nation initiative, but perhaps the greatest is this: its goal – building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service. 4. People.

“There is a human capital crisis in the federal government. Not only are we losing the decades of talent as civil servants retire, we are not doing enough to develop and nurture the next generation of public servants.” – Daniel … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service. 3. What the last fifteen years have to tell us with respect to the technology piece.

…continuing from the previous LOTRW post… Now we find ourselves in 2015. It’s Groundhog Day. Déjà vu. The WSR88D’s, once such an innovation, have themselves seen service for almost 30 years. The rotating radar mounts are wearing out. Technology is … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service. 2. Technology and infrastructure.

“the war to end all wars” – British author H. G. Wells (referring to World War I). “This war, like the next war, is a war to end war.” British prime minister Lloyd George, at war’s end. (Continuing lessons from … Continue reading

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Evolving the National Weather Service? Some reflections (from a distant mirror).

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt “This isn’t the NWS Modernization. It’s the 10th NWS Modernization. And it isn’t just a Modernization. It’s a Modernization and Associated Restructuring.” … Continue reading

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Holism: the first casualty in the climate-change war?

“In war, truth is the first casualty.” – attributed to various authors The recently-released papal encyclical on climate change calls for a holistic approach to the challenge. (That’s holistic and holism as in considering the problem in its broadest aspects, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis schools the world on systems of equations.

Please let me know what you think of this analogy: Late in elementary school or somewhere in middle school, kids encounter one several branch points that tend to separate those likely to continue in mathematics and science from those who … Continue reading

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Papal prayers on climate change.

At the conclusion of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, issued this past Thursday, he proposed “that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in … Continue reading

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