Aside from the financial crunch, the ailing condition of the United States economy could also be partly blamed on the weather disaster that hit the country in 2011. The National Weather Service revealed nine weather disasters hit US this year and caused more than $1 billion in damage. The billion worth of damage ties the same amount of damage incurred in 2008 and the year is not yet over.
Weather Service Director Jack Hayes warned the peak of hurricane season is just starting and t he United States seems overdue for a hurricane smacking the coast. It was learned that the American government had been monitoring weather disaster the past 30 years wherein an average of three weathers disasters normally hit America in a year. The billion-dollar disasters this year included two floods, five tornado outbreaks, a blizzard and thunderstorms.
Hayes hoped the US government will be more prepared in the future when weather disasters would hit the country again. The National Weather Service (NWS), once known as the Weather Bureau, is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. It is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland. The NWS is tasked with providing “weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.” This is done through a collection of national and regional centers, and 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). Since the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.