A rocket carrying an Earth-observation satellite is in the Pacific Ocean after a failed launch attempt, NASA officials said Friday.
Anyone attempting the to access the National Weather Service (NWS) website over the last 36 hours has likely encountered significant problems. The website's performance has been persistently sluggish and, at times, content has been inaccessible. This comes at a time when a massive, life threatening storm is impacting more than 100 million people with warnings and advisories in 20 states.
Despite major advances in scientific understanding and the development of computer-based weather models, there remains much room for improvement. Anyone who has followed this season's winter storm predictions has, no doubt, observed this. While there never will be perfect forecasts due to chaos (i.e. the butterfly effect), there is considerable opportunity for more accurate predictions and better estimates of associated levels of confidence in hazardous winter weather systems.
With temperatures plummeting and flurries spotted across the Washington area in recent days, the Obama administration is mandating that the government allow more federal employees to telework during severe weather.
Less than a day after NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and AccuWeather simultaneously released their winter outlooks, AccuWeather chief long-range forecaster Joe Bastardi has publicly criticized NWS for "following" and "not leading" with its predictions. On his Twitter feed this morning, Bastardi also insinuated NWS may have taken some its winter outlook ideas from him/AccuWeather.
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