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Warning Issued for Looming Data Gap From Fleet of Weather Satellites

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Science  22 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6122, pp. 895
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6122.895

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A new report estimates that the looming gap in critical weather forecasting data collected by the nation's satellites could extend for 17 to 53 months, and begin as soon as late 2014 under a worst-case scenario. The gap is the product of a messy, nearly 20-year-old effort to improve the nation's fleet of polar-orbiting satellites, which provide the majority of the dataused to develop weather forecasts extending out 3 to 10 days.