Influencing Weather Public Policy and Funding

Influencing Weather Public Policy and Funding 2017-03-31T16:14:05+00:00

Since 1993, The Chwat Group has represented a wide variety of public and private sectors of the weather community. The President of the firm has been active with weather related legislation and policy since the 1980’s. The firm has a proven record of successfully influencing congressional funding legislation, government regulations, and public policy issues on meteorology and weather forecasting.


  • Secured millions of dollars, and “policy report language in legislation” for research and development of a new generation of weather radar (Phased Array Radar) in congressionally approved funding bills for the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and Department of Commerce.
  • Created a “Coalition for Environmental Data” of weather companies, public sector groups, academic, and other “users” of weather information to successfully prevent the sale of the government weather satellites to the private sector.
  • Contracted by the National Weather Service (NWS), to co-author a 1995 report on “Privatization Options.”
  • Impacted language in the final “National Weather Service Modernization Act,” passed by the U.S. Congress, in the 1980’s.
  • Played a role in the funding and policy development of weather systems including, NEXRAD, ASOS, AWIPS, and other systems within NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Influenced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) appropriations funding and public policy legislation.


A selected list of past and present clients within the weather community:

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Weathernews Americas, Inc. (WNI)
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO)
  • Basic Commerce and Industries, Inc.
  • The Weather Coalition

Case studies available upon request