Yup... and we're behind regarding predicting severe weather.
Here are the points made in the article.
"Hurricane Sandy classification: Sandy's transition from a hurricane to a "Post Tropical Cyclone" caused some confusion as the storm approached the coast last year: No hurricane warnings were issued north of the Carolinas. Uccellini said that the weather service intends to implement "new procedures" designed to prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.
Weather prediction models: In order to keep up with the European's top prediction model -- which is now the gold standard -- the USA's top model will have to increase its computing power: The Europeans "run their models at a higher resolution," than that of the USA's top models, Uccellini said.
Weather satellites "gap": Satellites are the "backbone" of the global observing system, he said, and he's "concerned" about the possible looming gap in satellite coverage later this decade. "We have plans for gap mitigation," he said, including making better use of the data that will still be there by 2016 and 2017."
To me, that sounds like we have some work to do.
As temps rise, the frequency of severe weather will to.
Diseases and pests will migrate north as well.
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