In the wake of NOAA's incredibly misleading October report, we've done some digging into this organization and we'll have some full reports soon. But in the meantime, I'd like to cover some recent scandals that are perfectly indicative of the sorry mess that NOAA has become.
Earlier this year, the director of the National Weather Service (which is run by NOAA) resigned after investigators found that the NWS had misdirected millions of dollars and operated "outside the bounds of acceptable financial management."
The report found that since 2006, the NWS redirected millions of dollars from a fund for technology improvements and instead used it to pay employees' salaries. The result was that the agency was $36 million short, and Congress had to act to prevent the furloughing of employees.
But this wasn't the first time the NOAA was involved in a major scandal.
In 2010, the NOAA was caught reporting hilariously inaccurate temperatures in some localities in an apparent attempt to report higher average temperatures. We're not talking about slight massaging of the data -- the NOAA reported temperatures of 430 degrees Fahrenheit in northern Lake Michigan.
The more we dig into this shadowy, quasi-military organization, the more we're frightened. We'll have a full report in the days ahead.