Weather Satellites : Critical Technology in an Uncertain Environment

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  • Author: Mariel John Borowitz
In 2011, the United States experienced 14 weather disasters costing $1 billion or greater, more than occurred in any other year on record. The second-greatest number occurred in 2012, with 11 billion-dollar disasters. Weather has a significant impact on the nation through severe storms such as these, affecting businesses and individuals alike on a daily basis. More than 90% of the data in U.S. three- to seven-day weather forecasting models comes from satellites. U.S. weather satellites provide billions of dollars in benefits through improved early warnings and by informing the decisions of companies in many industries, including aviation, energy, and agriculture.
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