A few National Weather Service (NWS) offices write and send out annual Stakeholders’ Newsletters. We thought to save paper and go viral with ours writing a blog that will keep you, the taxpayer in Central Indiana, informed on news, programs, statistics and activities from the NWS office in Indianapolis, IN.
We hope this concept catches on and that you check back often. Below is the list of available editions to view:
The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is part of the Department of Commerce (DOC) of the Federal Government. In Fiscal Year 2010, the National Weather Service was funded at $999.8 million for daily weather forecasts, severe weather warnings, watches and advisories for the “protection of life and property.” Assuming that the 3.6 million people pay taxes just for these forecasts and information, it would cost the average taxpayer mere pennies a year for daily forecasts, watches and warnings. Technology figures into this budgetary amount as forecasters use sophisticated computer equipment to interpret computer model data, weather observations, satellite data, and use Doppler Radar to interpret storms to issue timely warnings to protect the lives and property of the people in Central Indiana, and to work with the media and emergency managers to plan your day.
Weather forecasts, and associated reasoning and discussions can be found on the NWS Indianapolis web page at http://weather.gov/ind. We are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-National-Weather-Service-Indianapolis-Indiana/207144502648963. We are also on Twitter.
We want to know what you think as a stakeholder of the National Weather Service. Please send us your comments and suggestions. We strive to make this the best investment for you.
Daniel McCarthy, Meteorologist in Charge