Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Permissible weather at Kennedy Space Center for Landing of Space Shuttle Discovery

Akshay Deoras
Severe Weather Forecaster

As mentioned in the previous post, weather at kennedy space center was expected to be around 80-85% permissible with primary concern of cloud ceiling height
Guidance from latest model runs of GFS and NAM agree that the Lifted Condensation Level ( LCL) which determines the height of base of clouds shall remain within the limit

Cloud Cover shall be around 40% during/before launch with light clouds expected.
Since the rule permits light cloud cover less than 50%, the parameter is been given a GREEN SIGNAL

Winds shall be light in intensity and permissible in all ranges and forms.
No Precipitation/lightning is expected on deorbit 202 at 1157 hrsEST,1657 hrsUTC,2227hrs IST

METD WEATHER GIVES a Green Signal or "GO" for Landing of Space Shuttle Discovery on Wednesday,9th March 2011 at Shuttle Landing Facility,KSC

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