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POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:56pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12:35pm

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.

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We used to predict hurricanes with great accuracy using shipping and the barometer. When aviation got involved satellites weren't around and we did great ! Yes, satellites are nice and give us up to the minute info, but we can make it through without them.

Besides, if they would quit turning it to look into the windows of Tea Party Patriots, it wouldn't keep breaking-down !

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