As of October 2019, ten weather and climate disaster events across the United States (U.S.) have caused losses in excess of $1 billion each. That mix of tropical cyclones, severe storms, and flooding events resulted in the deaths of 39 people and had significant economic effects. Moreover, this is the fifth consecutive year in which ten or more billion-dollar disaster events have impacted the U.S. Given this reality, research funded by WPO is necessary to inform the timely and accurate forecasts and warnings that make it possible to save lives, reduce property damage, and enhance the national economy.
A Weather-Ready Nation informed by world-class weather research.
Finding, funding, and fostering collaborative weather and air quality research to discover, develop, and transition products, tools, and services for timely and accurate weather and air quality forecasts. WPO discovers, develops, and transitions products, tools, and services for world-class weather and air quality research by finding, funding, and fostering collaborative research within NOAA’s research laboratories and across the weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA, other Federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia and other not-for-profits, and the private sector).

| Accomplishments in fiscal year 2018 (FY2018) supported each of the office’s four goals. |

Goal 1. WPO improved effective communication of weather information to strengthen decision-making and forecasting abilities through a mix of assessments and studies by enhancing the integration of social, behavioral, and economic science (SBES) into weather research and development and integrating SBES research findings into weather enterprise applications.  

Goal 2. WPO and partners advanced models and forecast tools to produce the best weather forecasts and warnings to build a Weather-Ready Nation by advancing the development and implementation of NOAA’s Unified Forecast System; beginning to advance Subseasonal-to-Seasonal forecasts; and improving severe weather prediction capability.

Goal 3. WPO and partners effectively and efficiently managed the advancement and transition of weather research into societal applications by advancing the development and transition of weather research to operations; ensuring operations and management processes were well-documented, maintained, and refined; and responding in a timely and effective manner to NOAA’s Congressional mandates.

Goal 4. WPO developed and supported a diverse and inclusive work environment that promoted equal access to the opportunities by recruiting and maintaining a diverse and highly qualified workforce; promoting and enhancing the inclusion of WPO’s diverse workforce; and integrating and promoting diversity and inclusion as a core consideration throughout WPO’s funding mechanisms.

Annual Accomplishments FY19 Download

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