SpaceRef

SpaceRef


DELTA II Contour launch weather forecast for Wednesday, July 3

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Monday, July 1, 2002

Eastern Range Operations Forecast Op Number: F9695
Issued: 1 July 02 Valid: 3 July 02 Note: Forecasts available on the 45th Weather Squadron

Vehicle/Payload: Delta II / Contour

Location: SLC 17A

Launch Weather Officer: Joel Tumbiolo

Synoptic Discussion:

Several factors will affect local weather conditions over next few days. Combination of abundant moisture, afternoon heating, sea breeze development, and a weak surface and upper level trough over central FL will result in widespread afternoon and evening thunderstorms. In addition to remnant cloud cover, showers and isolated thunderstorms may linger into the overnight hours due to surface and upper level trough. Weak west to east steering winds will result in all shower and thunderstorm activity moving towards the eastern half of the FL peninsula. Main concern initially will be local conditions at the time of MST Rollback. Afterwards, launch window concerns will be remnant cloud cover and any lingering showers and thunderstorms still in the vicinity.

Clouds	Coverage	Bases (feet)	Tops (feet)	
SCT030	3/8	3,000 	7,000	
BKN120	5/8	12,000	16,000	
BKN250	5/8	25,000	27,000	
Visibility:	7 miles	
		
Wind:	 290 / 5 G 10 KTS	Pressure:	30.06 IN HG	
		
Temperature:	 71 F -73 F	RH:	97%	
				
Weather:	Isolated shower or thunderstorm in the vicinity	
		
Overall probability of violating weather constraints:	30%	
Primary concern(s):	Anvil, Debris Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Rule, Flight
through Precipitation	
		
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 24 hour delay:	30%

Primary concern(s):	Anvil, Debris Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Rule, Flight
through Precipitation	
		
Overall probability of violating weather constraints for 48 hour delay:	30%

Primary concern(s):	Anvil, Debris Cloud Rule, Thick Cloud Rule, Flight
through Precipitation	
		
Sunrise:	  2 Jul 02 0630 EDT   3 Jul 02 0630 EDT   4 Jul 02 0630 EDT
Moonrise/ (% illum):	  2 Jul 02 0114 EDT / (50%)   3 Jul 02 0142 EDT /
(41%)   4 Jul 02 0212 EDT / (32%)	
Sunset:	  2 Jul 02 2024 EDT     3 Jul 02 2024 EDT   4 Jul 02 2024 EDT
Moonset:	   2 Jul 02 1326 EDT    3 Jul 02 1418 EDT     4 Jul 02 1511
EDT	
		
Next forecast will be issued:	2 July 2002	

// end //

More status reports and news releases or top stories.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.