Summary

                            To require the Secretary of Commerce to study the coverage gaps of the Next Generation Weather Radar of the National Weather Service and to develop a plan for improving radar coverage and hazardous weather detection and forecasting.

Introduced in House
This bill directs the Department of Commerce to complete a study on gaps in the
coverage of the Next Generation Weather Radar of the National Weather Service
(NEXRAD). 

 Commerce shall identify areas in the United States with limited or no NEXRAD
coverage below 6,000 feet above ground level of the surrounding terrain.

For those areas identified, Commerce shall also:

 * identify the key weather effects for which prediction would improve with
   improved radar detection;
 * identify additional sources of observations for high impact weather available
   and operational for such areas, including Terminal Doppler Weather Radar, air
   surveillance radars of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and
   cooperative network observers; and 
 * assess the feasibility and advisability of efforts to integrate and upgrade
   federal radar capabilities in such areas that are not owned or controlled by
   the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including radar
   capabilities of the FAA and the Department of Defense. 

In addition, under such study Commerce shall:

 * assess the feasibility and advisability of incorporating state-operated and
   other nonfederal radars into the operations of the National Weather Service
   (NWS); and 
 * identify options to improve radar coverage in all of the areas identified as
   having limited or no NEXRAD coverage. 

After completing the study, Commerce shall submit a plan for improving radar
coverage in the identified areas by integrating and upgrading additional
observation solutions to improve hazardous weather detection and forecasting.

Commerce shall seek third-party reviews on scientific methodology related to,
and the feasibility and advisability of, implementing the plan to improve radar
coverage, including the extent to which warning and forecast services of the NWS
would be improved by additional NEXRAD coverage.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment.

    Apr 25th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

    Mar 8th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Mar 8th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Mar 8th, 2017