Feds Worry U.S. isn’t Ready for Severe Weather

By Kate Spinner, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

NEW ORLEANS — Severe weather took a large toll on life and property in the United States last year, partly because people did not trust or understand weather forecasters, an issue of growing concern for federal officials.

After tornadoes, floods, droughts and tropical systems last year caused hundreds of deaths and set a record for the number of events causing more than a billion dollars in damage, the disconnect between forecasters and the public has become a major issue, particularly in light climate change, top officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

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