CONGRESS PASSES CRIST-BACKED MEASURE IMPROVING HURRICANE HUNTER FLEET
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) applauded passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 after successfully advocating for the addition of language improving the integrity of the hurricane hunter airplane fleet.
"As Floridians, we know how vital the information provided by hurricane hunters is when preparing for approaching storms," said Crist. "With no backup fleet currently in place, if these aging planes are grounded during a storm, we are less able to predict and prepare. I thank my colleagues for helping us make this needed change to keep our hurricane hunters in the air to better protect our communities."
Earlier this year, Crist joined Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) in introducing the Ensuring the Reliability of Our Hurricane Hunter Aircraft Act, requiring NOAA to maintain a backup hurricane hunter fleet to strengthen its ability to provide critical forecasting, to help communities better prepare for storms. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which has oversight over NOAA and the National Weather Service, Crist helped push for this language to be included as part of this larger legislative package. With House passage of the Senate's amendment, this measure will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.