New York and LI weather data system to be upgraded following Ida, says Schumer

NEW YORK – Ida brought unexpected and deadly amounts of rain to the New York area and as a result the region’s weather data system is in need of an upgrade, Senator Chuck said on Sunday. Schumer.

The system, made up of 126 observing stations across New York state, needs upgrading as climate change makes forecasting more difficult, Schumer explained. He warned that without changes, local forecasting capacity could impact public safety.

“The good news here is that New York City has an artery-like system of weather observing stations scattered throughout the state, at least one in each county, that helps us perfect the forecast with hyper-local data. “said Schumer. “The problem is that they need to be maintained and upgraded to keep pace with the new challenges posed by climate change and how those challenges make it essential to be as specific as possible in forecasting.”

Schumer asked for $ 3 million from the University of Albany, which oversees New York’s weather data program, as well as a $ 30 million investment in the country’s weather observing system.

After Ida, Governor Kathy Hochul said she wanted to determine if the level of rain could be anticipated.

“We didn’t know that between 8:50 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. last night, the skies would literally open up and bring the water level of Niagara Falls to the streets of New York,” she said the day after the event. storm.

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