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Weather Satellites Launch Improvements to Forecasts

Mon, 2012-05-14 11:13 -- cnicolini

Atmospheric scientists are improving weather satellites in order to increase the precision and accuracy of weather forecasts.
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Apr 23 2012 - 11:15am

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  1. Geostationary orbit –  A fixed orbit that follows the Earth’s rotation so that the satellite or other orbiting object always hovers over the same part of Earth.
  2. Polar orbit – An orbit that passes over the North and South Poles.
  3. Supercooled water – Water that is still liquid at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) and can form ice on aircraft passing through it.
  4. Turbulence – Random or chaotic movement of fluids such as air or water potentially disrupting aircraft flying through it.
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