Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday that Congress needs to ensure weather satellites receive funding in order to track "stronger" and "unpredictable weather."

"W/ stronger & unpredictable weather almost on regular basis Upstate, Congress must fund the satellites that will keep NYers in the know," Schumer said on Twitter.

The National Weather Service, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, uses satellites to help it monitor weather conditions across the United States and issues alerts to areas when dangerous weather is possible.

"Especially after recent tornados in WNY, @NWS must investigate delay in tornado alerts so NYers are aware far sooner," Schumer said.

On Tuesday, a tornado warning was not released until six minutes after a tornado swept through a fairground area in western New York according to the Buffalo News.

The 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which allocates funding to NOAA, was introduced into the House in July. The House Appropriations Committee said that NOAA would receive $4.97 billion — $710 million less than it currently receives — but it's not clear if those cuts will remain in a final, omnibus spending bill that Congress is expected to pass in September.

"Funding is targeted to important priorities such as the National Weather Service, fisheries management, weather research, and ocean exploration while reducing funds for lower priority activities," the House Appropriations Committee said in a statement.