Weather in the News- February 15, 2012

A look at weather shaping the news across the country and around the world.

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  1. 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.
  2. From 2011, In this Open Mike segment, meteorologist Mike Bettes weighs in on the National Weather Service and proposed budget cuts. Same story, new year.
  3. 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.
  4. Strong Santa Ana winds along with warmer temperatures will make a return on Thursday.
  5. 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 such data.
  6. Lots of weather around the country today, but few delays. Some thunderstorms could lead to a delay or two in Houston this evening. Will also watch New Orleans, Kansas City, Salt Lake City and LA.
  7. The Presidents Day weekend closure of the Bay Bridge into San Francisco is on - for now.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A great read and further news articles on The Ocean Ranger Disaster can be found on Wikipedia.
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