National Weather Serviced Organic Act of TOR—The National Weather Service shall not com- 189 0 T o Be Revised in Bill pete, or assist other entities to compete, with the pri- The House Authorization bill for the National vate sector when a service is currently provided or can Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes be provided by commercial enterprise, unless— a section amending the Organic Act of 1890, which 1. the Secretary finds that the private sector is un- created and defined the U.S. Weather Bureau, willing or unable to provide the services; and which evolved into National Weather Service in 2. the service provides vital weather warnings and 1965. Section 502 of the resolution, passed by the forecasts for the protection of lives and property of House Science Committee on 10 April 1997, is as the general public. follows. (c) AMENDMENTS—The Act of 1890 is Section 502 DUTIES OF THE NATIONAL amended— WEATHER SERVICE 1. by striking section 3 (15 U.S.C. 313); and (a) IN GENERAL—To protect life and property 2. in section 9 (15 U.S.C. 317) by striking all after and enhance the national economy, the Secretary, "Department of Agriculture" and inserting in lieu through the National Weather Service, except as out- thereof a period. lined in subsection (b), shall be responsible for— (d) REPORT—Not later than 60 days after the date 1. forecasts and shall serve as the sole official source of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall sub- of weather warnings; mit to the Committee on Science of the House of Rep- 2. the issue of storm warnings; resentatives and the Committee on Commerce, Sci- ence, and Transportation of the Senate a report detail- 3. the collection, exchange, and distribution of me- teorological, hydrological, climatic, and oceano- ing all National Weather Service activities which do graphic data and information; and not conform to the requirements of this section and 4. the preparation of hydrometeorological guidance outlining a timetable for their termination. and core forecasts information. More information about this bill will appear in the (b) COMPETITION WITH THE PRIVATE SEC- Bulletin once the bill is discussed by Congress. • Byer s Honored at Retirement Dinner Dr. Horace R. Byers was honored at a dinner party That college today consists of the Departments of held at Delmonico's during the Annual Meeting of Geography, Geology, Geophysics, Meteorology, the AMS in January. Dr. Byers, having reached the Oceanography, and the Center for Tectonophysics. mandatory retirement age for ad- In September 1968 he became Academic Vice Presi- ministrative positions, gave up his dent of the university and remained in that office until duties as Academic Vice President reaching retirement age. at Texas A&M University, College At his retirement dinner Byers was presented with Station. He remains on Texas a silver tray, engraved "To Horace Byers, scientist, A&M's staff, however, in the posi- teacher, friend," and signed by 30 of his graduate tion of Distinguished Professor of students. Students present at the dinner were those Meteorology and is also serving as who earned graduate degrees under Byers' supervi- Director of the Center for Applied sion. Other colleagues and friends were among the Meteorology within the Department of Meteorology. 52 guests at the dinner party. Prof. Byers came to Texas A&M in September 1965 as Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and as the founding Dean of the College of Geosciences. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc53, 668. 1524 Vol. 78,, No. 7, July 1997
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 1997
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