Clouded Forecast: Heidi Cullen’s NY Times Op-Ed

(The full version of this Op-Ed is on

Our ability to forecast the weather is in big trouble.

Last month, the National Research Council concluded that the nation’s system of Earth-observing satellites is in a state of “precipitous decline” and warned of a “slowing or even reversal of the steady gains in weather forecast accuracy over many years.”

This worrisome development puts all of us in harm’s way and should particularly trouble us as the annual six-month hurricane season begins today.

Gathering timely and accurate weather data is, of course . . .

Click here to read the rest of Heidi’s column in the New York Times