As Chairman of the new Committee of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Shelby’s office reports that several important weather and climate related projects for North Alabam have cleared the subcommittee and are heading for approval at the Committee level. Some of the items include:
$1 million for the Climate Research at the University of Alabama Huntsville: Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $1 million to provide UAH with the resources necessary to continue its research in global climate change and to provide policy makers and the public with the most up-to-date sound science available. As the debate regarding global warming continues, it is crucial that arguments on this matter be based on sound science.
$2 million for the NOAA Tornado Center: Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to establish a severe thunderstorm and tornado research program in coordination with NASA, NOAA and UAH.”
$2 million for the Remote Sensing Center: Senator Shelby said, “These funds will establish a NOAA Center at UAH for advancing our knowledge and understanding of the environment through the use of information and remote sensing technologies, both ground and space-based.”
$50,000 for NOAA All-Hazards Radios in Schools: Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $50,000 which will provide weather radios for 1000 Alabama schools. These radios will provide our schools with up-to-the-minute information about storm warnings and ensure that our schools are prepared in the event of a dangerous weather event.”
$2.5 million for SURA Coastal Ocean Observing System: Shelby said: “The goal of this program, of which UAH is a participant, is to implement a system to provide comprehensive, real-time access to observational data and numerical forecasts of coastal hazards and threats as well as phenomena of routine interest to a host of operational stakeholders.”
Sounds like things are going to be busy in Huntsville...
How about the radar? Clean as a whistle! Nearest rain to central Alabama is over the Florida peninsula.
GFS continues on much the same track of the last several days. A weakness in the 500 millibar flow meanders across the southeastern United States with a fairly substantial short wave coming into the picture in about a week. So looks like that typical summer forecast applies with warm daytime temperatures and the persistent possibility of showers.
Just a reminder once again that there will be no map discussions Thursday through Sunday. The next video map discussion will come Monday morning, June 27, when James returns from vacation.
I'm going to try to post to the Blog from Boston where I'll be involved in training on the graphic system we use in the Weather Center.
Have a great weekend.
How about HAPPY SUMMER again!! Summer officially began at 1:46 am Tuesday, so this makes today, Wednesday, the first full official day of summer.
Not much of a pattern change in the short term for the next several days for us in Alabama and the southeastern United States. We gradullay come under the influence of the strong ridge to our west while a relative weakness is maintained across the southeast. This weakness should be enough to generate showers primarily during the heat of the day lasting into the early evening.
GFS advertising a cold front in early July - almost seems like those words should not go together. And believe me, I don't plan to hold my breath. But we have had an active upper level flow, so the solution the GFS presents is not out of the question. That far out, though, there is plenty of room for change.
Interesting to note that the GFS has become less agressive with tropical systems. Two areas being watched by the National Hurricane Center but conditions, primarily upper winds, are not favorable for any development at this time.
Just a reminder that the web video map discussions will temporarily end after the one this afternoon. They will return on Monday, June 27th. James is on vacation, and I will be away learning more about the graphic system we use in the Weather Center.
Thanks for viewing. God bless.
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