The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) plan in the event the QuikSCAT satellite fails could mitigate the loss of its data "very effectively" and preserve the quality of hurricane forecasting, a NOAA laboratory director told House lawmakers July 19. NOAA uses numerous systems to monitor hurricanes, including Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), information from NOAA and Defense Department aircraft, ocean buoys and ground-based radars, said ...

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