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Katherine A. Winters became the Shuttle Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, 45th Space Wing, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in February 2002. She is responsible for providing weather support on a daily basis to pre-launch, launch, and post-launch operations. During the launch countdown, Winters evaluates Range and Shuttle weather Launch Commit Criteria, and also forecasts weather for Solid Rocket Booster recovery operations.
Kathy Winters Shuttle Launch Weather Officer.
There was only a 20 percent chance that weather would prohibit the shuttle from blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. , at 12:28 p. m. Wednesday as planned, said Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer.
The biggest problem is a bank of low clouds that are sticking around because of a cold front. NASA rules prohibit launching in low clouds because clear skies are needed to observe the shuttle during ascent and the shuttle commander needs visibility if an emergency landing is required. On top of that, all three overseas emergency landing sites in Spain and France also have bleak forecasts. If Discovery doesn't launch tonight, Friday looks even worse with a prediction of high winds. The next best weather for launch really doesn't come until next Tuesday, shuttle weather officer.
There's a 60 percent chance that rain or thunderstorms will postpone the liftoff of Atlantis, shuttle weather officer Kathy Winters said Tuesday. The weather improves with each passing day, as the launch time gets slightly earlier.
There was a 40 percent chance that weather at the Kennedy Space Center would prohibit the 4:30 p. m. liftoff, NASA's first launch opportunity, said Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer.