November 15, 2012: The Sandy Service Assessment, discussed below, has been abruptly cancelled by the NWS as of today. Details here.
ORIGINAL POSTING BELOW:
Even at the age of 60, I'm often surprised by life's turns.
On November, 2, I wrote a piece on this blog titled, "The National Weather Service Should Not Investigate Themselves." I talked about the NWS starting the process of doing a self-assessment of its service during Sandy and thought it would be better handled by an outside agency.
Last week, I received a surprising phone call from NWS HQ in Washington: Would I be willing to co-lead the service assessment?
After some consulting with Kathleen and AccuWeather, I agreed to do so. My co-leader is Ms. Nezette Rydell, the meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Denver.
Hurricane Sandy is a historic event both for our nation and for weather science. We need to know what worked, what didn't, and how to improve our services in the future.
We officially begin our work tomorrow. The team imposes silence on itself until the final report is released. So, you will not be seeing fresh postings about Sandy for the next few months.
The team certainly welcomes your good wishes as well as your input. If you have suggestions for things you would like us to look into, please post them in the comments below.