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Lack of funding may hurt weather forecasting

The Associated Press
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image taken Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at 4:01 a.m EDT shows Hurricane Bill in the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Bill taunted the New England coastline from a distance Sunday, after closing beaches and setting off a string of safety warnings for weekend boaters, swimmers and surfers along the eastern seaboard.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is warning that their ability to predict the weather will be hobbled if Congress doesn’t fund the next-generation weather satellite.

NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan says the Joint Polar Satellite System will reduce confidence for a 10-day forecast to a three- to five-day outlook

The money is hung up in Congress, where the inability to pass a new budget in 2011 means that the funding for building satellite stayed at 2010 levels. Sullivan tells the Boulder Daily Camera that the satellite launch has been now been delayed by 18 months to 2016, which means that that the satellite may not make it to space in time to pick up where its predecessor leaves off.

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