The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25, often referred to as the “Weather Act”) was signed into law in April 2017, with goals to improve NOAA's weather research through investments in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities, to support improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data. Widely viewed as the first comprehensive weather authorization since the NOAA Authorization Act of 1992, the Weather Act is leading the charge for improved forecast and warning systems to build a Weather-Ready Nation, as well as the integration of social science and unified modeling capabilities. NOAA’s R&D goals directly impact its Weather-Ready Nation strategic goals by:
All Weather Act documents have been collected in the NOAA Institutional Repository. For access please click the image or link below.
The five (5) provisions of the bill include:
The titles and subsequent sections of the Weather Act provide a framework for NOAA Line Offices to address specific deliverables and requirements within the legislation. In January 2019, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program (Public Law 109-430) included reauthorization of the Weather Act, as well as amended language to the 2017 law.