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House Passes Weather Forecasting Bill

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is applauding House passage of H.R. 2413, the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)...
April 9, 2014

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is applauding House passage of H.R. 2413, the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). The bill directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize weather-related activities. The legislation enhances NOAA’s collaboration with the private sector and universities, including the National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) at the University of Oklahoma, which is repurposing military radar technology for tornado forecasting.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates it would infuse $360 million into NOAA between 2015-2016 if it passes the Senate and is signed into law by the President. “This legislation will save lives,” said Doak. “Here in Oklahoma, we know all too well that every minute counts. If this bill is signed into law, our lead time on tornadoes could expand to more than an hour. H.R. 2413 will allow countless more Americans to survive storms.”

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