Although the large U.S. meteorological community has made significant strides in weather diagnosis and prediction, progress has been slowed by a lack of cooperation, coordination, and pooling of resources. This paper analyzes such problems in a number of areas, ranging from numerical weather prediction to forecast dissemination, and proposes an alternative approach of greater community involvement in decision making, coupled with closely coordinated research and application, which might facilitate improvement in our ability to predict the weather and to apply weather information to societal needs.

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Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington