INTERESTING: Poor project management could put weather forecasters in the dark

http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/10/27/1537204/our-weather-satellites-are-dying?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+slashdot%2FeqWf+%28Slashdot%3A+Slashdot%29

Our Weather Satellites Are Dying
by Soulskill

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Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that some experts say it is almost certain that the U.S. will soon face a year or more without crucial weather satellites that provide invaluable data for predicting storm tracks. This is because the existing polar satellites are nearing or beyond their life expectancies, and the launching of the next replacement, known as JPSS-1, has slipped until early 2017. Polar satellites provide 84 percent of the data used in the main American computer model tracking the course of Hurricane Sandy, which at first was expected to amble away harmlessly, but now appears poised to strike the mid-Atlantic states. The mismanagement of the $13 billion program to build the next generation weather satellites was recently described as a ‘national embarrassment’ by a top official of the Commerce Department. 

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Hard to imagine the ineptitude and stupidity of the Gooferment.

I’m sure there’s a lot of blame to go around.

It’s all about relying on Gooferment!

And time after time, it lets us down.

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