"2016 is looming as the year during which a gap in weather satellites could leave the nation without some of the severe storm data that’s vital to early warnings. "
The last piece in Pittman's article is the most significant: when data was rerun without the satellite data input, the forecast was off by 50%. That's a graphic demonstration of how valuable the satellites are in forecasting severe weather. Funding the program as it has been designed should be continued.
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