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For release: 08/01/03
Satellite release #: 03-133


Attention:  Early Morning Producer
Thursday, August 7
6:00 – 10:00 a.m. EDT
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WEIRD WEATHER: IS THERE SOMETHING GOING ON? NASA SCIENTISTS STUDY TRENDS TO IMPROVE FORECASTING

  • Summer 2003: We've seen unusually heavy rains in the East; floods, record-setting temperatures in the West and Midwest; and continuing drought conditions in other areas -- just weird weather? Or are we witnessing changes in basic weather patterns?
  • To answer the question, NASA researchers don't just look up to the skies but downward -- to the Earth itself -- where interaction between the atmosphere and soil can alter the climate of a geographic area.
  • Scientists are studying soil moisture to develop practical ways to help weather forecasters improve long-range predictions. The goal: Predicting precipitation a season or more in advance.
  • Talk to an expert about this research and this year's weird weather.
Who: Dr. Bob Olgesby,
Senior atmospheric scientist
National Space Science and Technology Center
Marshall Space Flight Center
Satellite coordinates: GE-2, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.
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Satellite Interview Information:
Jack Robertson (256) 544-1517

Story Information:
Steve Roy, Media Relations
(256) 544-0034

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