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This week marks the start -- hurricane season which can impact all fourth of travel.
Including space travel which we spoke about in the last hour all travel based businesses need to know the weather.
That's where the national I -- see and it and atmospheric administration or no luck comes and joining me now is more in -- The CF for -- love that name Maureen thank you -- it for me let's start with the hurricane season.
And just abroad know that you're the finance chief but the predictions for this hurricane season again certainly milder than what we saw last year.
Potentially about average -- terms the number of named storms that we -- have we have about a 70% chance.
Of having between nine and fourteen named storms.
And the probability is that probably six of them will be land falling.
But it's very important for people -- think about the hurricane season in terms of preparing.
Even if we don't have a very active hurricane -- and if one hurricane hits here -- your town and hits your house it's a bad hurricane season for you so preparedness is very important.
Batteries food water all those important thing what about your own prepared.
-- -- know what changes that you've made in in the last several years.
Particularly after Katrina and utilization of resources may -- how you're spending money differently.
Well we've actually been putting a lot of money on.
Because what we need to do was better understand how this the storms change in their intensity.
We actually did a pretty good job of getting almost exactly right where Hurricane Katrina would strike of Louisiana.
Within five miles practically so we usually have a probability of where the storm -- Much more challenging -- how strong the storm -- me.
When Katrina hit Florida it was a category one so bad for them but not a very bad storm.
Eventually grew to a category five over the Gulf of Mexico.
And with a category three when it hit the Louisiana.
A lot of change in a very short period of time.
So this year we're actually -- in nineteen point five million dollars in better understanding hurricanes particularly for intensity.
We spend about 300 million a year and hurricane forecasting so it's it's an important part of our business.
But we know that there's more we need to understand and models allow us to better protect -- the American and that's one thing.
I don't think the American people really understand everything that you do they associate no may -- with the hurricane center are but -- were so involved in it you have your own satellites that you launched.
And you're also you're here in town.
-- attending a space convention.
Well we're part of the department of commerce and part of -- is mission is to enhance and support the space industry so.
We have space commercialization.
Section which -- time making sure that the -- that this can make money.
Generate jobs and be a leader globally and what -- a globally.
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