Along with the National Weather Service, members of NOAA’s Climate Program Office staffed an information booth at Union Station on Tuesday, April 22, to celebrate Earth Day.
Both Climate-Smart and Weather-Ready materials were on hand, and Owlie the Storm Spotter was on hand to take pictures and answer questions. CPO's David Herring was interviewed by The Weather Channel.
NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather.
People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage the environmental risks and opportunities they face, from answering short-term concerns like "should I pack an umbrella today?" to grappling with longer-term challenges due to unusual or extreme climate and weather conditions.
During life-threatening weather situations, NOAA's National Weather Service is the sole official voice of the U.S. government for issuing warnings. Over the long-term, NOAA is working with partners and the public to build a weather-ready, climate-smart nation that is resilient to extreme events and long-term climate change.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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