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NOAA’s National Weather Service Meeting America’s Needs. Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, USAF (Ret.) NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services AMS Public Health Forum April 16, 2007. “America’s Weather Enterprise: Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, and Your Way of Life”. Climate.

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noaa s national weather service meeting america s needs

NOAA’s National Weather ServiceMeeting America’s Needs

Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, USAF (Ret.) NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services

AMS Public Health Forum

April 16, 2007

“America’s Weather Enterprise: Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, and Your Way of Life”

presentation overview

Climate

Atmosphere

Land

Oceans

Space

Environment

Presentation Overview

NOAA’s National Weather Service

  • The National Weather Service Overview
    • We’re In Your Neighborhood
  • The Nation’s Risks:
    • Extreme Climate, Weather, and Water
    • The Future
  • NWS and Public Health:
    • A Prescription for America
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NWS Overview

A Typical Year Brings:

  • 7 Hurricanes
  • 1,000 Tornadoes
  • 5,000 Floods
  • 10,000 Violent Thunderstorms
  • Drought Conditions
  • 500 Deaths; 5,000 Injuries; $14 Billion in Losses
  • Provide climate, water, weather forecasts and warnings to protect life andproperty and enhance the economy
  • 76 billion observations
  • 1.5 million forecasts
  • 50,000 warnings
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NWS Overview

Seamless Suite of Products

Outlooks

Guidance

Threats Assessments

Forecasts

Watches

Warnings & Alert Coordination

Forecast

Uncertainty

Years

Seasons

Months

8 – 14 Days

Forecast Lead Time

6 – 10 Days

Days

Hours

Minutes

Benefits

Protection of

Life & Property

SpaceOperations

Fire Weather

Agriculture

Reservoir

Control

Energy

State/Local

Planning

Environment

Health

Flood Mitigation

& Navigation

Transportation

Hydropower

Ecosystem

Recreation

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The Nation’s Risks:Extreme Climate, Weather, and Water

Hurricane KatrinaCostly Human and Societal Effects

Photos by AP

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The dynamic Earth is a complex system of systems.

The Future Action for America

NOAA—Total Environmental Awareness

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The Future Action for America

Community Preparedness Campaigns

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~1,172 Stormready Communities in 50 States

40 TsunamiReady Communities in 10 States

The Future Action for America

StormReady & TsunamiReady

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The Future Action for America

Saving Lives Through Partnerships

NOAA TEAM

PARTNERS

END USERS

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NWS and Public Health A Call for Cooperative Action for America
  • Recognizing Public Health Sector can gain value from weather and climate predictions
  • Realizing Weather Enterprise potential for public health services
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Public Health Connections

Direct effects on humans

Transportation accidents

Disruption of health infrastructure

Effects through changes in incidence of diseases (vector- , water-born, and otherwise)

Effects through safety and nutritional value of food supplies

Improved medical treatment

Weather Enterprise Examples

Temperature, Weather hazards, Wildfire, Solar, Ocean Conditions, Air Quality, Driving Safety, Climate

“Bad” weather, Ocean Conditions, Floods, Climate

“Bad” weather, Floods, Solar, Climate

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Air Quality, Floods and droughts, Weather, Climate

Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, Floods and droughts, Climate

Pharmaceuticals and marine natural products

NWS and Public HealthA Call for Cooperative Action for America

Connecting Public Health and the Weather Enterprise

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NWS and Public HealthA Call for Cooperative Action for America

Health Messages Broadcast By TV Meteorologists

  • Heat extreme: Today’s high heat means drink plenty of water, take rest breaks while exercising.
  • Good weather: It’s a great day to get out walk the dog.
  • …and much more!
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NWS and Public Health A Call for Cooperative Action for America

Many Questions Remain Unanswered

  • Who should be responsible for educating the public health sector on weather, water and climate issues?
  • Who should disseminate it to the health sector?
  • Who in health sector should take on responsibility of receiving weather education?
  • Who will be decision makers for response to predictions?
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NWS and Public Health A Call for Cooperative Action for America

Prescription for Moving Forward

  • New Partners: We share many parallels in goals, culture, and methods.
  • Public Health Role: Take advantage of Weather Enterprise capabilities.
  • Weather Enterprise Role: America’s Weather Enterprise products should support public health.
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