Monday, July 11, 2005

Shuttle Watch and Hurricanes

Potential Hurricane Should Not Affect Discovery Launch
[scheduled for 3:51 p.m. EDT (1951 GMT)July 13]
11 July 2005, 11:09 a.m. EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL – A potential hurricane gathering strength over the Atlantic Ocean should not affect NASA’s plans to launch the space shuttle Discovery on July 13, NASA officials said Monday.

Shuttle weather officer Kathy Winters said that Tropical Depression 5, which will be named Emily if it reaches hurricane strength, could hinder Discovery’s flight only if the shuttle is unable to launch this week from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
I thought this update was an old one still talking about Dennis, but I was wrong. Another hurricane is potentially brewing.
We have overcast skies already from Dennis's overhead debris here in central Illinois. I don't wish hurricanes for Gulf Coast folks or flooding in Atlanta, but we sure do need the rain here for the farmers. My dad has only been able to nurse our sweet corn with his water tank, but the tassels are out and his field corn is in some dire need of rain to help along that pollination.
Good thoughts for Hurricane Dennis victims.

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