KSLA News 12 Editorial: April 17, 2013-Life-saving Forecasts - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

KSLA News 12 Editorial: April 17, 2013-Life-saving Forecasts

It's amazing to me how accurate weather forecasting has become.

Three-day hurricane forecasts that were off by an average of 300 miles in 1990 were only off by 100 miles in 2010, a dramatic improvement in just 20 years.

And much of the improvement can be attributed to critical data gathered by weather satellites.

However, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office listed a potential upcoming gap in weather satellite coverage. Mismanagement, overspending  and poor planning have led to the possibility of a gap in satellite data as soon as next year. And the report says the gap could last more than four years if nothing is done to address the problem.

Life-saving forecasts rely heavily on a comprehensive, dependable network of weather satellites. We urge our lawmakers and government officials to find a quick and sufficient solution to this looming threat.

I'm James Smith.

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