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      Tue Jun 12 2007 05:56 PM

MIAMI (AP) - An aging weather satellite crucial to accurate predictions on the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any moment and plans to launch a replacement have been pushed back seven years to 2016.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's chief said the failure of the QuikScat satellite could bring more uncertainty to forecasts and widen the areas that are placed under hurricane watches and warnings.

If the satellite faltered, experts estimate that the accuracy of two- day forecasts would suffer by 10 percent and three-day forecasts by 16 percent, which could translate into miles of coastline and the difference between a city being evacuated or not.

"We would go blind. It would be significantly hazardous," said Wayne Sallade, emergency manager in Charlotte County, which was hit hard by Hurricane Charley in 2004.

In the letter to a Florida congressman, NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher blamed the delays on technical and budget problems. Scientists said if QuikScat failed, they may have to rely on less accurate satellites.

Bill Proenza, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said authorities "may have to err on the side of caution" in future forecasts.


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* QuickSat to fail ANYTIME HCW Tue Jun 12 2007 05:56 PM
. * * Quikscat Satellite danielwAdministrator   Tue Jun 12 2007 11:49 PM
. * * Quikscat Failure - What am I Missing ?? CoconutCandy   Mon Jun 25 2007 12:11 AM
. * * Re: Quikscat Failure - What am I Missing ?? Robert   Tue Jun 26 2007 01:34 AM
. * * What am I Missing? / Katrina QuikScat Image CoconutCandy   Tue Jun 26 2007 04:14 AM
. * * Re: What am I Missing? / Katrina QuikScat Image Ricreig   Tue Jun 26 2007 08:41 AM
. * * New Understanding / Remaining Issues CoconutCandy   Wed Jun 27 2007 01:09 AM
. * * Re: New Understanding / Remaining Issues Ricreig   Wed Jun 27 2007 01:40 AM
. * * Finally Satisfied / Photo of Florida from the Space Shuttle CoconutCandy   Wed Jun 27 2007 02:26 AM
. * * Re: Finally Satisfied / Photo of Florida from the Space Shuttle madmumbler   Mon Jul 02 2007 10:34 AM
. * * Re: What am I Missing? / Katrina QuikScat Image Robert   Tue Jun 26 2007 08:28 AM
. * * Re: Quikscat Satellite LoisCane   Wed Jun 13 2007 03:11 PM
. * * Re: Barry Gone, Quiet Again josh   Tue Jun 12 2007 06:02 PM

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