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S. 161 (115th): Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of 2017


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 17, 2017 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 161

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 17, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To improve hurricane forecasting and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of 2017.

2.

Hurricane forecast improvement program

(a)

In general

The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, in collaboration with the United States weather industry and such academic entities as the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration considers appropriate, shall maintain a project to improve hurricane forecasting.

(b)

Goal

The goal of the project maintained under subsection (a) shall be to develop and extend accurate hurricane forecasts and warnings in order to reduce loss of life, injury, and damage to the economy, with a focus on—

(1)

improving the prediction of rapid intensification and track of hurricanes;

(2)

improving the forecast and communication of storm surges from hurricanes; and

(3)

incorporating risk communication research to create more effective watch and warning products.

(c)

Project plan

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, acting through the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and in consultation with the Director of the National Weather Service, shall develop a plan for the project maintained under subsection (a) that details the specific research, development, and technology transfer activities, as well as corresponding resources and timelines, necessary to achieve the goal set forth in subsection (b).