Aging but Crucial Hurricane Satellite May Not Be Replaced

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The QuickSCAT weather satellite has already outlived its predicted lifespan by three years.  If it fails, the accuracy of predicting the paths and intensities of hurricanes could be reduced by 16%. Replacement plans have been pushed back to 2016.  Jim Kossin, an atmospheric research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tells us what that could mean with hurricane season already upon us.

Credits

Guest:
Jim Kossin - Atmospheric research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner