NOAA forecasters predicting an active 2020 hurricane season are refining storm track and intensity forecasts thanks to data from multiple satellites, including the second Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC-2).
“We can put a satellite phone in the hands of folks who don’t know how to use it and it won’t make a hill of beans difference,” said Ken Flowers, Iridium Communications vice president government.
Op-ed | America’s critical dependence on satellite-based services – and the regulatory threats they face
The devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season set records for the number of consecutive hurricanes and overall damage costs. Therefore, it is an appropriate time to reflect on our dependence on forecasters and emergency responders to save lives in the face of violent weather.