Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More on the Looming Weather Satellite Gap

NOAA's Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Regarding the weather satellite gap, this is an excellent article from the Denver Business Journal.

I do want to give a little context and make a comment.

First, "severe weather" -- as in tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings will not be much affected in the U.S. However, forecasting those and other storms more than about two days out will be affected and quite significantly.

My comment is that there is plenty of blame to go around, including some directed at NOAA itself. It is past time for NOAA to stop warning about this problem and start making decisions (i.e., purchasing data from private sector weather satellites) to mitigate the problem.

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