I wouldn't mind hearing his opinion on the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). I've been following Hurricane Irene for about 2 days now, and earlier this morning I was surprised to see a few Air force pilots talking about how they were flying into the Eye of Irene, collecting data, then transmitting it back to the various weather stations... Something I've never thought of before, and it sort of shocked me that anyone could even fly a plane into and out of a hurricane... they were saying how they'd be up there for a long time considering the hurricane was about 450 miles in diameter. Before today I never even realized the NOAA existed...it is an extremely interesting subject to me. Taken from their website:
NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.
From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.
NOAA's roots date back to 1807, when the Nation’s first scientific agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters.
NOAA’s mission touches the lives of every American and we are proud of our role in protecting life and property and conserving and protecting natural resources. I hope you will explore NOAA and how our products and services can enrich your own life.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
and NOAA Administrator
I'd like to thank the NOAA for all their hard work over the years, especially in times like these. Like I said before, I've never even heard of them before. In my eyes, they deserve much more respect and recognition then what they're currently being given.
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