IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 17, 2017
Mr. Rubio (for himself and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To improve hurricane forecasting and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Hurricane Forecast Improvement Act of 2017.
Hurricane forecast improvement program
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.
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—
improving the prediction of rapid intensification and track of hurricanes;
improving the forecast and communication of storm surges from hurricanes; and
incorporating risk communication research to create more effective watch and warning products.
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).