A look at weather shaping the news across the country and around the world.
The Obama Administration has proposed a 4% cut to The National Weather Service, calling for $872 million verses the $911 million for the current fiscal year. The budget would eliminate 96 positions from the weather service decreasing the number of IT officers at weather forecast offices across the country.
Wet weather in Southern California today with rain showers in most spots and some light snows at elevations above 2500ft. I-5 through the Grapevine, Hwy 14 in LA County and Hwy 33 through Ventura County could see some winter weather concerns later today.
Thanks, in part, to this winter’s mild weather, the nation’s16 largest
airlines operated 84.4 percent of their December flights on time, a
record for the month in the 17 years during which the DOT has collected
But Mother Nature could ruin all those plans. Dry pavement is needed to
reroute traffic, so if rain is forecast over the holiday weekend, the
work will be called off, and rescheduled for the next weekend. And if it
rains after the work has started, the closure might have to be extended
until dry weather returns. The forecast looks dry for the weekend, but stay tuned to The Weather Channel for the latest forecasts.
A little weather history and a tragic story coming to light 30 years ago today. A terrible storm rages off the coast of Newfoundland. On the Grand Banks,
the Ocean Ranger, is pounded by
waves more than 65 feet. At the height of the storm, the
"indestructible" rig begins to tip over, then capsizes. All 84 men on
board perish. It is Canada's worst
tragedy at sea since World War 2.