Washington (USA), Oct 12 (AP) President Donald Trump has

nominated the CEO of a private weather company to head the

government agency that oversees the National Weather Service,

an organisation the nominee has at times clashed with.

Barry Myers, who runs the pioneering weather firm

AccuWeather, was chosen as undersecretary of Commerce and head

of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The

weather service is part of NOAA.

Last year, Myers told the House Science Committee he had

problems with the way NOAA keeps some data private and how it

works with competing weather firms.

The union that represents weather service employees has

criticised a possible Myers nomination as a conflict of

interest.

Meteorologists at other private firms have said Myers

could take the agency to new heights. (AP) HMB

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