NOAA has proposed a $39 million cut in the National Weather Service's budget for FY2013, including a plan to remove the IT specialist from each of the 122 weather forecast offices. They are also planning to scale back the wind profiler network that is used to predict severe weather outbreaks, and shrink the tsunami prediction buoy network. Such cuts would unnecessarily degrade the ability for the National Weather Service to issue timely and accurate warnings for dangerous weather conditions.
An effective weather warning system is essential to mitigating natural disasters in the United States. The tornado outbreak on March 2nd and 3rd was yet another vivid example of the need for effective severe weather warnings to protect our citizens. Please consider reversing your decision to cut essential operational positions from National Weather Service forecast offices. In addition, I urge you to restore funding for the wind profiler network and the tsunami prediction buoy network.