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STS-112 WEATHER CONDITIONS AT KSC



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Eastern Range Operation Forecast
Op Number:  F2875
Issued:   30 Sep 2002/0700 EDT
Valid:        2 October 2002     
45 Weather Squadron web site:
https://www.patrick.af.mil/45OG/45ws/
 
Vehicle/Payload:
 STS-112 (Atlantis)/ISS 9-A  Location:Pad 39-B
 
Launch Weather Officer:
 Kathy Winters
 
                    Synoptic Discussion:
 The National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Storm Lili will be a
hurricane located in the Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday.  Also, a strong
area of high pressure will be located in the SE US on launch day.  With
the high pressure ridge to the north of KSC, deep easterly winds over
Central Florida will bring showers in from off shore causing a concern
for launch and for conditions at the Shuttle Landing Facility.  Winds
will also be somewhat gusty at KSC, but below wind constraints for
launch.
 
Visibility:  
  7
 Wind:
 120 degrees 14 - 20 knots  (60 foot pad winds)    SLF:  120 degrees 12 
18 knots.

Weather:
 Isolated Coastal Showers
 
Probability of KSC weather prohibiting launch:  
    40%
 Probability of KSC weather prohibiting Tanking:  
      5%
 
Primary concern(s):
Precipitation at Complex 39B and within 20NM of the Shuttle Landing
Facility.
 
Probability of KSC weather prohibiting launch for 24 hour delay:
     30%
 Probability of KSC weather prohibiting Tanking:  
      5%
 Primary concern(s):
 Precipitation at Complex 39B and within 20NM of the Shuttle Landing
Facility.
 
Probability of KSC weather prohibiting launch for 48 hour delay:         
 20%    
Probability of KSC weather prohibiting Tanking:                          
        0%                                   
 Primary concern(s): Precipitation at Complex 39B and within 20NM of the
Shuttle Landing Facility.
 
 
Sunrise:
  2 Oct 0716 EDT
Moonrise:
 2 Oct  0248 EDT
Illumination:
  24%
Sunset:
  2 Oct 1908 EDT
 Moonset:
 2 Oct  1654 EDT
  
SRB Retrieval Forecast:  Wind:  070 degrees 12  15 knots   Seas:  6 feet
  Water Temp: 82 degrees
 
                   Next Forecast will be issued:
                 Tuesday, 1 October 2002/07:00 EDT 
                       END

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