The local meteorological events leading up to the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on 2 August 1991 were captured in full-resolution GOES visible data being archived for the Convection and Precipitation/Electrification Experiment. The postponement of the launch on 1 August, and the successful lift-off on the following day provide a good example of the important role played by nowcasting and short-term forecasting at Cape Canaveral. In this brief article, we discuss the local weather conditions prior to, during, and after the launch and demonstrate the importance of short-term forecasting capabilities around the cape during launch operations.
The Importance of Short-Term Forecasting of Thunderstorms to Launch Operations at Cape Canaveral
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Cooper, H. J., and E. A. Smith, 1993: The Importance of Short-Term Forecasting of Thunderstorms to Launch Operations at Cape Canaveral. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 74, 81–86, https://doi.org/10.1175/1520-0477(1993)074<0081:TIOSTF>2.0.CO;2.
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