House passes Weather Forecasting Improvement Act

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s called the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014 and the U.S. House of Representatives has passed it.

Weather forecasts have improved but we’ve seen some dangerous and even deadly storms over the last several years like Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the June 1st Tornado in 2011. Storms like these take lives and cause billions of dollars in damage every year.

“I have noticed it has improved over the years but better is always the name of the game I think,” said Glenn Collins of Southbridge.

And that’s what lawmakers want to do. They are working to improve weather technology and advance weather research here in the United States.

The bill would help to improve the U.S. forecasting models that have sometimes been proven to be less accurate than the European forecasting model.

The 22News Storm Team relies on those computer models, so the better they are the more accurate our forecasts will be as well.

Most people 22News talked to are in favor of the legislation.

“I think anything that will improve the warning system is a plus anytime you can know ahead of time what you’re headed for your in a better seat.,” said Taylor Brockway of South Hadley.

“I think the more money that gets thrown at the weather forecasters the better. I’m all about knowing more about the storms that are coming,” said Catherine Lynch of Southbridge.

If passed the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014 would provide NOAA with $360 million from 2015 to 2017 to improve severe weather forecasting as well as for weather research.

The House passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to the Senate.

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