We are a weather-weary and weather-worn nation, and the increase in billion-dollar disasters remains unabated. In the last 5 years alone, the United States has endured a total of 89 billion dollar weather and climate disasters. The U.S. government has responded with increased resources to better understand the weather and climate conditions that affect us all. Supplemental budget appropriations within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fund important research that helps us gain this greater knowledge.
Within the StoryMap, it is shown how these additional funds aimed at specific scientific challenges are making a difference. Highlighted are the world-class researchers that lead the projects and teams that accomplish these Congressional mandates along with how the management of these efforts is, in part, the responsibility of NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) Supplemental Program team.