As Steve Tracton reports, agency officials had warned that program delays would leave gaps in satellite data coverage in the next three to five years, compromising medium range weather forecasts, especially for high impact weather such as winter storms, extreme cold/heat spells, tornado outbreaks, and hurricanes.

But the increased funding for the satellite comes at the expense of other NOAA programs including climate, basic weather/climate research, components of other satellite programs, and fisheries and coastal/ocean resources.

Read more on the impact at The Capital Weather Gang.

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