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Sans Polar Satellites, Sandy Forecasts Would’ve Suffered

Dec 13, 2012
(Climate Central)

Five days before Hurricane Sandy plowed into coastal New Jersey — driving a wall of water over the iconic Jersey Shore boardwalks and deep into portions of New York City — a computer model run by a European weather modeling center accurately predicted its track and strength, causing weather forecasters to sound the alarm. Now that weather center, as well as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are warning that without an operational fleet of polar-orbiting satellites, the European model would have missed that forecast, instead predicting that Sandy would have headed out to sea well east of New Jersey.