NWS Severe Weather Outlook
December 17, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science Advisory Board has proposed 33 weather research priorities for the agency to address in the coming decade, which include increasing its computing power 100-fold and better understanding how social factors affect forecast dissemination and use.

A solar flare image produced by an instrument on NOAA’s GOES-16 geostationary weather satellite.
November 11, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s $5.4 billion annual budget will jump by close to 20% for fiscal year 2022 if either the House or Senate’s version of appropriations legislation is enacted. NOAA will also begin to receive its nearly $3 billion allocation from the special infrastructure bill just approved by Congress, and it could see billions more from the reconciliation bill currently under debate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
November 9, 2021

The special infrastructure spending legislation just approved by Congress includes around $25 billion for energy technology demonstration projects, as well as targeted budget increases for R&D programs at the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

July 23, 2021

With telecommunications applications increasingly occupying radio spectrum bands close to those used for critical satellite-based weather monitoring and research, the House Science Committee is examining why federal agencies have had difficulty reconciling their spectrum-related interests.

GOES-T, the third in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites, underwent vibration testing at a Lockheed Martin facility in Colorado.
June 18, 2021

The Biden administration proposes to increase the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration topline budget by a third to just under $7 billion in fiscal year 2022, focusing on expanding the agency’s climate research programs, developing a more distributed weather satellite architecture, and launching diversity and equity initiatives.

NOAA Nominee Rick Spinrad
May 6, 2021

President Biden announced last week that he is nominating oceanographer Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spinrad previously served as head of the agency’s research office and as its chief scientist.

Map showing precipitation in inches for the last 60 days over the continental U.S.
April 29, 2021

Amid President Biden’s government-wide focus on climate change, lawmakers are again considering the merits of creating a federal “climate service” to help the public better access and understand the various climate information products produced across agencies.

March 19, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science Advisory Board is aiming to complete a study by year’s end on weather research priorities, which Congress mandated in lieu of a proposed decadal survey for the field.

January 27, 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s appropriation for fiscal year 2021 includes funding increases for climate and weather research programs as well as continued support for ongoing weather satellite acquisition projects.

December 22, 2020

In a last-minute deal, Congress finalized agency budgets for fiscal year 2021, approved nearly a trillion dollars in additional pandemic response funding, and enacted major energy R&D policy reforms that have been in the works for the past two years.


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