Severe Wx Ahead

amidst a blizzard of Severe Stupid

After the devastating Moore EF-5 tornado NOAA finally succumbed to political (principally Rep. Frank Wolf) and public pressure to cancel its planned four-day furlough of employees to make up for sequester cuts.

So where’s the “mandated” funding cut gonna occur?

…the proposed cuts would drain the last 2013 funds for a promising U.S.-Taiwan COSMIC-2 satellite program.

Here’s how it works.

the data we have :: the data we coulda had

The March 1 sequester has already cut about $54 million from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R), a package which hovers over North America and provides a steady stream of weather monitoring. The fact that the international COSMIC-2 program could end up high-and-dry just underscores the borrow-from-Peter-to-pay-Paul mindset as agencies scramble to get through the last months of the fiscal year.

When ya borrow from Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the vote of Paul. …mostly.

The estimated 10-year cost is $420 million: Tiawan pays $210m, we [US] were supposta pay $210m [$21m/yr]. Actually, the Air Force pays half our costs [$10.5m/yr]. Tiawan has “major concerns” since NOAA has refused to say a word about it.

$10.5m/yr over 10 years to give US [not to mention the rest of the world; so I won't] the info to foresee gajillions of $$$$ of damage and forestall potential loss of life.


All to prevent the unmitigated horror of a four-day furlough. Four [4]. Day. Furlough.


  1. Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:54 am |

    On the bright side, maybe this will suppress data that would have further debunked anthropogenic climate chaos (the fraud previously known as Prince global warming)

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm |

    Well, we could furlough or fire 1/2 of OSHA (rule writers, not inspectors), EPA rule writers, 1/2 of Education and Energy Dept., which does pretty much nothing but hand out $ to green opium dreams.
    — talk about opium dreams —

  3. Jess
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm |

    Otherwise, if Obama and his family avoided some of the expensive crap the funding would be available.

  4. CAPT Mike
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm |

    you can count on a bureaucrat to prtect himself above any other interests . . .

  5. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm |

    Yep -^^^- and a bureaucracy…

  6. Merovign
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 1:00 am |

    I’m sure we could save more than enough money if we fired everyone in the federal government who lied to Congress.

  7. Fat Baxter
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 6:01 am |

    We got served our furlough paperwork this week. After the 4th of July, we have to take one day off per week with no pay until 1 October.

    Most here opted to take Fridays — if we’re going to get hosed, might as well make it three-day weekends. We heard one other organization mandated Wednesdays as the furlough day, to maximize the pain and inconvenience.