Two bits of news from Hurricane central today:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is spending up to $4 million to publicize a 200th anniversary celebration while the agency has cut $700,000 from hurricane research, (National Hurricane Center director) Bill Proenza said.

Who’s surprised? Not me. But it gets better … or, I guess, worse.

NASA’s QuikSCAT polar satellite is running on borrowed time and may soon leave forecasters — and therefore the general public — without the best, most precise information about how powerful approaching storms might become, a top hurricane official warned. And there’s nothing to replace it.

Great! Now I’m going to have to dig through the trash and find that hurricane preparedness flyer that Henry Brown sent me.