Important weather satellite needs repairs
POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 9:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 11:35am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — One of the main satellites meteorologists use for the East Coast weather failed Tuesday night.
That's never good, but especially this close to hurricane season.
The GOES-13 satellite is responsible for sending images of of the Eastern part of the U.S., and right now it's imaging systems are not working properly.
According to AccuWeather, GOES-14, another satellite, will be reactivated, and will take 13's spot while it is being repaired.
AccuWeather is reporting, it could take GOES-14 several weeks to get in position to accurately track hurricane movements in the Gulf of Mexico.
They hope to get 13 up and running, because if something were to happen to 14, they would possibly have to rely on foreign satellite coverage.