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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:26

Federal Government Shutdown Could Hurt Hurricane Forecasts, Delay Storm Reports

(TNS) - Storm experts at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are working through the government shutdown, but with other federal agencies on furlough, some of the hurricane analysis and forecast modeling that happens during the winter months is on hold.

It's a pause that could delay life-saving upgrades to forecasts, said Eric Blake, the National Weather Service union steward at the National Hurricane Center.

"This is our main time of year when we improve on things," Blake said. "But it's basically at a standstill, at least on the modeling side, and the longer it goes on, the less likely they will improve by the start of hurricane season."

The Environmental Modeling Center in College Park, Md., which studies how to put better physics into hurricane forecast models to increase intensity and track accuracy, is almost entirely shutdown.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Federal-Government-Shutdown-Could-Hurt-Hurricane-Forecasts-Delay-Storm-Reports.html