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Wild weather is costing Texas billions of dollars. One analysis conducted for Kiplinger.com found that property damage from severe weather caused the state $24.9 billion in property losses from 2002 to 2011.
And in 2012, we are just weeks into a summer that has already spawned devastating storms, floods, wildfires and heat waves across the nation.
It's hard to imagine a less opportune time to cut funding for weather forecasting. Yet that is exactly what will happen unless Congress repeals mandatory budget cuts scheduled to hit federal programs in 2013. These sequestration cuts include a $182 million reduction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite program - putting at risk the very weather satellites that provide life-saving severe weather warnings.