L-1 Day Weather Forecast

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L-1 Day Weather Forecast
12.06.06
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NARRATOR: You're listening to NASA Direct.

KATHY WINTERS: I'm Kathy Winters, the space shuttle weather officer for the 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Today is L-1, or one day before the scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, and the weather for launch day is not looking too promising.

A cold front will move through Central Florida Thursday, causing isolated showers and significant cloud cover through the launch window. The probability of Kennedy Space Center weather prohibiting launch increased to 60 percent due to the significant low-level moisture expected with the front.

Our primary concern for launch day is a low cloud ceiling which causes problems when we're trying to view the vehicle as it clears the launch pad, and also violates our cloud-cover rules at the Shuttle Landing Facility in the event of an abort landing.

From Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I'm Kathy Winters.

NARRATOR: This podcast was presented by NASA Direct.

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