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UCAR Washington Update

November clouds at sunset over Boulder, CO
The Committee’s “Views and Estimates” letter includes critiques of the investments proposed by the Administration for atmospheric and related science. The same day in February, an ad hoc coalition of more than 60 different research organizations—including UCAR and many of its Member Institutions—released a letter making the case for the value and importance of such investments.
Congressional briefing on El Nino: Map showing ENSO impacts, Dec-Feb
El Niño and La Niña exert a strong influence on weather in the United States and around the world. During the briefing, three experts on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation clarified misperceptions, explained ENSO behavior, and outlined the state of the science aimed at predicting the onset and preparing for the impacts of these significant events.
New science leadership on Capitol Hill: photo of east side steps, U.S. Capitol Bldg
House and Senate leadership has announced the heads of the congressional committees that will oversee the science agencies and write the funding and authorizing legislation for science in the current session.
Craig McLean
After serving as deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, McClean has been selected to head the office.
House passes windstorm impacts bill: downed tree and damage to house, Boulder, Colorado
The bill reauthorizes the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program through FY 2017, encourages interagency coordination on windstorm impact reduction research, and authorizes appropriations at NIST, NOAA, FEMA, and NSF.


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