National Weather Service Budget Cuts

By Barak Shapiro – bio|email

Shreveport, La (KSLA) –  Veva Grant is a resident of Bossier city.  Ms. Grant is one several who were affected by the tornado that hit the Green Acres neighborhood last year.   Grant tells KSLA News 12 that our area needs the best weather coverage.  She says that it was the warnings she received that helped her make it through the devastating tornado.  However, a bill that has already passed the house and is in the senate may change how things are run.

The proposed bill according to Dan Sobien, the president of the NWS employee's organization, says that the new budget threatens  to cut 126 million dollars from the National Weather Service operations across the nation.  Sobien says this will cut down on data taken and observation sites may be shut down.  Sobien tells KSLA News 12 that with missing data, weather forecasts may be less accurate.  Plus, National Weather Service offices may go on rolling closures that could last a month.  If that happens other local offices will have to pick up the pace, doubling their duties.

Grant says this makes her anxious when it comes to severe weather season.    Sobien says people need to voice their opinions and can by calling their local senators to stop this bill from passing.  Sobien says you can also help by becoming a member of the Facebook Page:  Protect Our NWS

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