Forecast for cost savings

June 24, 2013 

If the U.S. government really wants to save money -- and perhaps spend it on the post office which we really need -- I think that officials should look toward the NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) aka The Weather Service.

The service they provide is, at best, a redundant source of weather information given that The Weather Channel, Intellicast.com and Accu-Weather all do a much better jobs of keeping us up to date. This is not to mention the local weathercasters at the various TV and cable television. Other than the official forecast, hurricane and tornado warnings and giving names to hurricanes and numbers to tornados, I can't think of anything we really need them for. They overstate the case so often, the warnings are frequently not taken seriously.

Their ongoing broadcasts, available only on weather radios (short wave) and available only to a small minority of the population, are replete with historical info, whether it is sunny or raining in other cities and, for the most part, clutter.

So write to your congressman and suggest this. It's your money being wasted.

Joseph M. Reichert

Belleville

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