Weather data to be focus of US House hearing

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The availability of weather data and how it is understood by the public.

It will be the focus of an approaching U.S. House Committee hearing and one of those who will testify is Gary McManus, State Climatologist with the Oklahoma Climate Survey.

He and others will go before the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chaired by Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas.

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“From farmers to first responders, to businesses and the general public, having the most accurate weather modeling and forecasting is invaluable for everyday life,” said Chairman Lucas.

“And we can only have reliable weather prediction if we continue to invest in cutting-edge research and ensure the vast amount of data available is used in the most efficient, widely-understood ways.”

He said the panel of witnesses will bring diverse insights on the collection, distribution and usage of weather data. The congressman added it will help inform the committee on its approach to reauthorizing the Weather Act.

ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING: Reauthorizing the Weather Act: Users of Weather Data and Areas for Improvement by Sector

DATE: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

PLACE: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building


  • Mr. Gary McManus, State Climatologist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
  • Ms. Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
  • Mr. Eric Snodgrass, Senior Fellow Scientist and Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien
  • Dr. Kathie Dello, State Climatologist of North Carolina, and Co-Director, NOAA Carolinas Climate Adaptation Partnership (CAP/RISA)
  • The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at