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Kathy Winters, Weather Officer for Space Shuttle Atlantis
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I'm Kathy Winters, Weather Officer for Space Shuttle Atlantis. I'm with the 45th weather squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Today is August 22, 2006 and we are L-4 or, four days before the scheduled launch of the space shuttle.

At this time, the team at the 45th weather squadron is closely monitoring the weather around the clock--analyzing the weather data and models looking ahead to the next five days.

Our job is to see that the weather on launch day does not violate our weather rules for launching the space shuttle.

Right now, we're optimistic about the launch weather on Sunday. The Bermuda high-pressure ridge will be up to our north, and so that will allow us to be in an easterly flow pattern. So what will occur is, in the morning, we'll probably see some isolated showers and thunderstorms in the area that may even affect us around the time that we're tanking the external fuel tank.

But then the weather, as we get our afternoon sea breeze, will progress more inland and away from the launch pad and the Shuttle Landing Facility. And so by 4:24 p.m., at launch time, that weather should be mainly in the central portion of Florida and not here along the East Coast. And so, overall, we'll be watching that weather but it looks like that the weather will be pretty good for us on launch day.

We'll keep watching this over the next few days to see if it continues to look that way. From Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I'm Kathy Winters, launch weather officer for Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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