Severe Weather

the weather act

The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (the Weather Act) bolsters the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research's (OAR) commitment to advancing weather research and reinvigorating the weather portfolio. The Weather Program Office (WPO) ensures alignment of office practices with the strategic goals outlined in the Weather Act. This includes collaborating with various subject matter experts across NOAA to develop Congressional reports and deliverables required by the Weather Act, and briefing NOAA leadership on OAR-related activities and reports.

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The Weather Act (PL 115-25) Download



Widely viewed as the first comprehensive weather authorization since the NOAA Authorization Act of 1992, the Weather Act is leading the charge for improved forecast and warning systems to build a Weather-Ready Nation, as well as the integration of social science and unified modeling capabilities. NOAA’s research and development (R&D) goals directly impact its Weather-Ready Nation strategic goals by: • improving the science behind extreme & severe weather events; • developing better models, computing, and observations; and • including and embracing more social science to improve risk communication to the public.