Lack of funding may hurt weather forecasting
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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