The Nation Weather service, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other organizations, have been working together on a large scale plan to prepare our country to be a “Weather Ready Nation”.
During the next ten years, a major plan is being constructed in time for the 150 year anniversary of the National Weather Service. Building a Weather Ready nation would involve using the latest technology, preparation, education and training, to help insure protection of lives and would benefit our economy.
Evidence of climate change is all around us, being prepared to protect lives is a priority, and there is also the need to protect our Nation’s water supply. New technology, using tools such as computers, Doppler radar, and satellites, would be used by scientists and meteorologists, to monitor our climate both on Earth and space weather, will help to enhance our ability to detect and study significant possible weather events with better accuracy. Advancement in information technology using such tools as the internet, computer software, social networks and smartphone technology will help to bridge gaps in vital communication and weather alert status information.
Will we be ready for strong weather events such as Hurricanes, tornadoes, or as the NWS states a High Impact Event?
What is a High-Impact Event?
No standard, nationwide criteria define a high-impact event. It may impact millions of people or one sector, and it may vary in timing or location. It is any weather-dependent event that significantly impacts safety, health, the environment, economic productivity, or homeland security, such as:
• Major events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis
• Persistent drought
• Thunderstorms in a congested air space
• Rains that trigger flooding and cause agricultural run-off, leading to harmful algal blooms and dead zones
• Geomagnetic storms that disrupt energy distribution and communication systems
• Snow squalls at rush hour
• An above-average hot day
• Coastal inundation
• Changes in Arctic climate
For more detailed information, please read the Strategic plan 2011, here ; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/stratplan/files/2011.06_nws_strategic_plan.pdf