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  • NOAA Chief Warns Budget Cuts Would Create Gap in Crucial Weather Data [Science Insider]
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    NOAA Chief Warns Budget Cuts Would Create Gap in Crucial Weather Data [Science Insider]

    Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), warned U.S. lawmakers April 13 that the 2011 budget they will vote on this week would delay by two years the launch of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System, JPSS-1, reports Science Insider. This would create a lengthy gap in crucial polar satellite coverage, she said, harming daily weather forecasting, search-and-rescue operations and long-term weather prediction.