NEWS AN D Notes United States and Europe Sign Weather ing the devastating Hurricane Mitch—making it the Satellite Agreement deadliest Atlantic region season in more than 200 years The United States and Europe have signed an agree- in terms of storm-related fatalities, reported scientists ment that ensures the long-term continuity and im- at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- provement of polar-orbiting weather satellites, NOAA tion (NOAA). A contributing factor to the increased announced. activity—50% more hurricanes and 30% more tropi- The agreement was signed in Washington, D.C., by cal storms than normal—was the climate phenomenon called La Nina, cooler-than-average sea surface tem- D. James Baker, undersecretary for oceans and atmo- peratures in the central tropical Pacific. sphere, and Tillmann Mohr, director of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological In a join t 4 August outlook, forecasters at NOAA's Satellites (EUMETSAT). Climate Prediction Center, National Hurricane Cen- Under the terms of the Initial Joint Polar System ter, and Hurricane Research Division correctly pre- agreement, NOAA and EUMETSAT will cooperate to dicted above normal tropical storm and hurricane provide a joint system of polar-orbiting weather sat- activity in the Atlantic between August and October. ellites after the launch
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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