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Expert panel calls for national weather commission

Emerging technologies, private-public cooperation could boost country’s weather readiness and mitigate impact of costly weather events

A national weather commission could help better prepare the U.S. for impacts from extreme weather events that may increase as the global climate warms. Photo by Bob Berwyn.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A panel of weather experts this week said the U.S. needs a national weather commission to help policy makers leverage weather expertise and shape a response to weather events that cost billions of dollars.

The commission would bridge the gap between government and the private sector to better protect lives and businesses.

“The nation must focus its weather resources on the areas of greatest need in order to keep our economy competitive and provide maximum protection of lives and property,” said Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. “Emerging technologies are providing an opportunity to create forecasts that are more accurate and detailed than ever, and to communicate them instantly to key communities and businesses,” Bogdan said. Continue reading

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Weather: Heat shifts, Southwest eyes triple-digit highs

More than 5,000 high temperature records set in past month

U.S. swelters in summer heat.

Heat wave shifts to the West.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The central and eastern U.S. will get some relief from a record-setting heat wave this week, as a cold front drops southward, but other parts of the country will see temperatures spike.

The desert Southwest will experience triple-digit temps the next few days, with highs climbing into the 120s in Death Valley and up to 112 degrees in Las Vegas and Phoenix as high pressure shifts westward. Continue reading

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