H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017

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H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017


HR 353 authorizes several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs with the aim of enhancing weather forecasting and severe weather alerts.

To those ends the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is directed to conduct programs to improve forecasting of weather, including weather focusing on high impact weather.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is directed to collect and utilize information to make reliable and timely foundational forecasts of Subseasonal and seasonal temperature and precipitation.

‘Subseasonal forecasting is forecasting between two weeks and three months and seasonal forecasting is between three months and two years.’ – crs

Under the bill technology can be transferred between the NWS and private sector weather companies and universities to improve forecasting.

‘NOAA must complete and operationalize the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (a weather satellite program which develops observational techniques using global navigation systems).’ – crs

‘NOAA must continue its Environmental Information Services Working Group, which advises NOAA on weather research and opportunities to improve communications between weather stakeholders.’ – crs

 (Full text of H.R. 353 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] (Introduced 01/06/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

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Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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