Bookmark and Share

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Weirdness at Natl Hurricane Center - Could Kill You

Left: Katrina

There is something really weird going on at the National Hurricane Center that affects the safety of millions of Americans who live within hurricane strike zones.

A new director comes in and says "Hey, we have a satellite dying and no replacement" and the reaction from the center staff is "So?"

Good grief, what are they thinking? Even a 10% loss in forecasting accuracy--which would happen without the satellite) is enough to affect millions. Imagine the difference between a Hurricane Center call for a Katrina-size storm striking rural Sabine --and instead it hits Houston or New Orleans. The same for Miami, etc..

So, they killed the messenger instead--the guy who made sense. I don't understand what is so hard about deciding to replace a dying satellite. At a result, tens of millions of people are at risk. If you don't mind the risk to your family, say nothing.

But if you want competence back in government, and a better hurricane warning system, let Congress know about it. The President has not exercised his authority to demand it, so leadership on this vital public safety issue falls to Congress.

No comments: