Belfort Instrument Company

Belfort Instrument Company maintains more than a century of experience designing and developing weather measurement tools for use in multiple fields, including meteorology and aviation. Over the last 100-plus years, Belfort Instrument Company has worked extensively with the National Weather Service (NWS) to outfit weather observatories and laboratories and, beginning in the 1990s, to research automated weather observation systems.

Run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the NWS provides weather-, hydrologic-, and climate-related forecasting and warnings to citizens of the United States and its territories. The NWS formed out of the U.S. Weather Bureau, which was established in 1870.

At the NWS, recent federal sequestration has forced the agency to find ways to cut approximately 8.2 percent of its operating budget. To achieve this reduction, NOAA initially proposed mandatory furlough days for the roughly 12,000 NWS employees. However, after devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri, NOAA canceled these furloughs, stating that the reduced workweeks threatened the organization’s ability to carry out its key objectives. Now, NOAA says it will submit a plan to Congress that proposes cutting $50 million from its geostationary weather satellite initiative. The satellite program would launch 12 satellites into orbit to collect atmospheric data above hard-to-reach locations, such as the poles and oceans.