Risk News

1/24/2012
Delay in Satellites Could Jeopardize Severe Weather Forecasts

"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. "

Annie's take:

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.