Tuesday, September 06, 2005

National Weather Service: Science-driven agency, or target of opportunity? 

There's a wonderful post at Kos from a meteologist on how the effects of Katrina were absolutely predictable:

Everyone I know in meteorology understood that New Orleans was living on borrowed time. This scenario -- NOLA taking a direct hit from a major hurricane -- had been discussed ad infinitum in meteorology (and emergency management) circles for years as being one of the most (if not the most) deadly serious weather disasters America could ever face. Unfortunately, last weekend, New Orleans' time had run out.

We in the United States are lucky to be served by the most advanced government-run weather service on the globe

On the eve of Katrina's landfall, the professional forecasters at regional National Weather Service offices across the southeast and the agency's National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami gave dire warnings on what was sure to be a weather calamity that this county has not seen in over a century (since the Galveston, TX hurricane of 1900).

So, who wants to bet on how long it takes Bush to gut yet another science-driven agency?

And how wants to bet on how long it takes for Bush to blame "poor intelligence" from the NWS for the Katrina clusterfuck?

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