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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hurricane satellite failing

This news story hit me way to close to home. It seems that a major weather satellite that is used extensively to predict hurricanes is failing. Living on the gulf coast were Ivan, Denis, and Katrina hit this worries me quite a bit.
The satellite is called QuikScat and is one of several satellites used in conjunction to predict weather patterns. Specifically tropical storm patterns. Last year the main transmitter failed. A backup transmitter did come online, but experts claim it could fail at any time. The replacement satellite is not scheduled to be launched until 2012.

Via PhysOrg: Hurricane Satellite Could Fail Anytime

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