Government Shutdown’s Latest Victim: a Global Weather Conference

Government Shutdown’s Latest Victim: a Global Weather Conference

From Bloomberg

By Brian K Sullivan

December 28, 2018, 1:07 PM EST

  • American Meteorological Society expected 700 U.S. scientists
  • Annual meeting is a clearinghouse for weather research

In January, more than 4,000 weather forecasters and researchers from around the world are scheduled to descend upon Phoenix for the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting. That is, if the U.S. government is open.

The meeting is going to end up with a much smaller crowd and a thinned-out agenda should the government remain partially closed, according to Keith Seitter, the society’s executive director. “Over 700 are government employees currently affected by the partial shutdown,’’ Seitter said by email. “They are conference chairs, session organizers and presenters whose contributions to the meeting are very significant.’’

The annual meeting is a clearinghouse for the latest research on weather and climate as well as the impacts on industries such as energy, transportation and agriculture. Academic, government and commercial scientists use it to trade tips on tackling problems facing all forecasters. The National Weather Service and other federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency typically send people.

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HT/My 19 year going online buddy Duncan

via Watts Up With That?

December 29, 2018 at 08:05PM

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