NASA/NOAA Space Weather Center in Dire Straights...09/17/03
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
Have you noticed fewer and less accurate reports coming from Nasa's
spaceweather.com and Noaa's "space environment
center"? To this day there are conflicting reports as to the status of SOHO.
Most sunspot and solar activity reports have
been coming from Boulder, Colorado's space environment center using "ground
based telescopes". Gee, my not so good
friend Dr. Tony Philips coordinator of spaceweather.com and spacescience.com
may be losing his job. What a shame, he
was a true Nasa company man and we had so much respect for each other. Hey
Tony, send in your CV and three letters of
recommendation, I'll see what I can do. On second thought, I have seen your
Okay, sarcasm aside, this truly is a blow to maintaining accurate data and
current readings. If you have noticed a lack of
space weather news, now you know why. I have been extremely skeptical of the
accuracy of what has been distributed on
Nasa/Noaa sites. In my opinion, they can no longer be trusted. No, not
because of some hidden conspiracy, although there
may be flavors of such from time to time, but because there is no longer
trusted integrity of data provided. It is no secret of
my disdain for people like Tony Philips who reflects Nasa's recently
disclosed "Destructive Culture" which reeks of
corporate corruption...Enron Style!!!
Nasa Destructive Culture:
My Comments on Tony Philips:
Here is what co-worker Joe Rao from the Boulder, Colo. SEC had to say...." I
am very sorry to report that things are
suddenly looking quite bleak for the Solar Environment Center in Colorado.
Because of the short-sightedness of our elected
officials in the House and Senate, the budget for SEC has been significantly
slashed for fiscal year 2004. The direct result of this
means the possibility that there could be no more space weather data and
forecasts (for such things as solar flares and
geomagnetic storms) in the coming weeks ahead. Full details are provided
below in a message by Mr. Ernest Hildner, Director,
Space Environment Center that was forwarded to me by Ms. Candice Curtiss of
Here is today's press release from Ernest Hildner - Director, Space
U.S. Space Weather Service in Deep Trouble
Ernest Hildner - Director, Space Environment Center; Manager, NOAA Space
For Fiscal Year 2004, starting October 1, 2003, the House Appropriations
Bill for Commerce, Justice, and State continues
Space Environment Centers funding at $5.2 M (a reduction of 40 % below the
FY02 level). Worse, the FY04 Senate
Appropriations Bill zeroes Space Environment Center and all space weather in
NOAA, so services, data and observations,
and archiving would all disappear if the final appropriation is at the
Senate level. At the House funding level, starting October
1 SEC will rapidly lose about half its staff, negatively affecting its
ability to serve the Nation with operational products, data
collection, and R&D. Unless the appropriation level for Space Environment
Center is restored to the level of the Presidents
FY04 Budget Request, $8.3 million, the Nations civilian space weather
service is in trouble. At the Presidents requested
funding level, Space Environment Center can almost return to FY02 level of
services, data, and R&D.
NOAAs Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colorado, provides a range of
services to the Nation related to space
weather phenomena. Among other activities, the Center is the unique provider
of real-time monitoring and forecasting of
solar and geophysical events, it conducts research in solar-terrestrial
physics, and it develops techniques for forecasting solar
and geophysical disturbances. That is, Space Environment Center is the
Nations space weather service, monitoring and
predicting conditions in space, much as the National Weather Service does
for meteorological weather.
SEC jointly operates the Space Weather Operations Center with the U.S. Air
Force and serves as the national and world
warning center for disturbances that can affect people and equipment working
in the space environment. It is the governments
official source for alerts and warnings of disturbances. Customers include
DoD, NASA, FAA, airlines, operators of electric
power grids, communicators, satellite operators, the National Space Weather
Program, and commercial providers of
value-added space weather services. Partnering with researchers funded by
NSF, NASA, and the DoD, Space Environment
Center is the place where much of the nations $100s of millions annual
investment in the National Space Weather Program
and in space physics research is applied for the benefit of commerce,
defense, NASA spaceflight, and individual taxpayers.
SECs appropriation lines can be found in the Department of Commerce,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research portion of the Budget.
In the omnibus appropriations Bill for FY 2003, the SEC received a severe
cut to its budget of about 40%, with no
explanation for the reduction. One-time funding additions have kept SEC
afloat in FY2003. The Presidents Budget request is
$8.3 million for SEC in FY2004 (an amount consistent with its past budgetary
levels), but the House
Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Committee provides only $5.2 million,
or roughly 40% less than the amount
necessary to maintain SEC at its current operational effectiveness. Again
for FY04, no explanatory text was included in the
Committee Report to explain this
reduction, and it far exceeds the 18 % reduction below request meted out to
NOAA Research overall and the 1% reduction
to National Weather Services request. The Bill has not yet been acted upon
by the full House.
Solar observation. The Atmospheric in NOAA does not extend to the astral.
Absolutely no funds are provided for solar
observation. Such activities are rightly the bailiwick of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Air Force.
Needless to say, there is no evidence to suggest that NASA and the Air Force
agree that one or the other, or both, should
operate the Nations civilian space weather service.
Unless SECs appropriation level is increased in Conference, the best outlook
is that Space Environment Center shrinks to
less than half its capability (House mark), and the worst is that space
weather will disappear from NOAA (Senate mark). In
this case, the Nations space weather service will have to be reconstituted
in some other agency, at greater cost and lesser
capability, to meet the Nations needs.
As a result of this sad and harmful event, ECTV has stepped up its efforts
to network with the thousands of independent
amateur astronomers throughout the world. I will do everything I can to
continue providing the most accurate solar activity
news. I am proud to state that ECTV is now rated the number 1 provider of
'space weather' and 'earth science' in breaking
news events. Thank you!
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