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In other weather news, the Trump Administration’s nominee to be the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is withdrawing his name from consideration — he was nominated but never confirmed — leaving the Acting Administrator to continue to lead the agency.
Why This Matters: This will be the longest time NOAA has gone without a confirmed Administrator in its history. It continues to be short-handed and run by political appointees that can be easily pressured by the White House, as was the problem during Sharpie-gate. However, the nominee, Barry Myers, always had conflict of interest problems because of his long history with a major private weather company, AccuWeather. This week’s messy weather underscores the importance of having strong leaders at the helm who are free from bias and who can push back against any effort to politicize the delivery of weather forecasts.
Weather – Snow, Rain and Wind That Could Ground Balloons
Who should be on the lookout for bad weather?
Northern California — “Several FEET of snow are expected, and mountain travel is highly discouraged!” the NWS Sacramento office tweeted Sunday, with a map showing that the entire Sierra Nevada mountain region under a winter storm warning from 10 a.m. today through 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Middle of the Country — A snowstorm will move from the Rockies to the Plains and upper Midwest during the first half of this week with accumulating snow (up to 6-8″) and gusty winds affecting pre-Thanksgiving travel.
The NOAA nominee did not give any official reason for withdrawing his nomination, but apparently health issues may have been involved. Myers also said that Senate Democrats are to blame for delaying his nomination due to false news stories that have put his family under “attack.” Myers also had a “me too” problem due to AccuWeather’s record of sexual harassment lawsuits and settlements during Myers’ time at the company, according to The Washington Post.NOAA’s web site states that Dr. Neil Jacobs, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction who was one of the key figures in “Sharpie-gate,” continues performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
The first major wildfire of the season has struck Southern California forcing thousands of residents to evacuate during a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has made evacuation shelters a dangerous place where the virus can spread. As AP reported, the Apple Fire in Riverside County, among several wildfires across California, had consumed more than 41 […]
The month of July was a scorcher along the Eastern Seaboard. Throughout the month, heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were in effect along the I-95 corridor, and in Washington D.C., July saw the most 90-degree days of any month on record and was the first month to never fall below 71 degrees since record-keeping […]
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