On January 17, Representative Ami Bera (D CA-7) and his staff joined officials from NOAA’s National Weather Service for a visit to the Weather Forecast Office (WFO) and California-Nevada River Forecast Center (RFC) in Sacramento, California. Central California has been hit by record rains, snowfall, and flooding recently and Representative Bera was provided a briefing on the flooding, including a rundown of the impacts to the District.
OLIA Lead: Matt Borgia
On January 12, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter of greeting for the Change of Command Ceremony for the NOAA Ship Rainier in Newport, Oregon. The Senator was unable to attend in person, but wished to express his support for the ship, her crew, missions, and to acknowledge the leadership of the outgoing Commander.
OLIA Lead: Tim Bagley
The NOAA Fleet Update - December 2016/January 2017 [PDF] provides the status of NOAA’s fleet of ships and aircraft, which play a critical role in the collection of oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and fisheries data. NOAA’s current fleet of 16 ships – the largest civilian research and survey fleet in the world – and nine aircraft, are operated, managed, and maintained by NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO). OMAO includes civilians, mariners, and officers of the United States NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s seven Uniformed Services.