June 10th, 2014 at 2:43 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

NOAA, who operates our weather satellites, recently announced that one of our polar-orbiting weather satellites will be shut down.  Such satellites usually have an average life span of 3 to 5 years, but this one has lasted more than 13 years.  During that time it has helped us track winter storms, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and much more.  It has orbited 70,655 times, amounting to a total of 2.1 billion miles.  There are still weather satellites up there, so we’re covered, but losing one is never good.

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