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Lightning Almost Hits Christie Foe On TV

Reporter Bruce Gordon’s face said it all as lightning struck behind N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney during a live interview Thursday.

Sweeney was talking to Bruce from the field in West Deptford, N.Jj. while storms moved through the area. The flash and immediate crack of the lightning caused Sweeney to jump.

Sweeney will attempt to override some of Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts beginning Monday, unless he thinks twice about it.
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Zap Map: Satellite Tracks Lightning for Better Heads Up
March 06, 2017 - A new U.S. satellite is mapping lightning flashes worldwide from above, which should provide better warning about dangerous strikes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday released the first images from a satellite launched last November that had the first lightning detector in stationary orbit. It includes bright flashes from a storm that spawned tornadoes and hail in the Houston region on Valentine's Day.

This image provided by NOAA shows some of the first images from its new satellite that maps lightning.

NOAA scientist Steve Goodman said ground radar sees lots of cloud-to-ground lightning, but this satellite provides more detailed views of lightning within clouds. Cloud flashes can later turn into ground strikes, hitting people like a bolt out of the blue. Scientists say this could add more warning time.

Earth gets about 45 lightning flashes a second, but 80 percent stay in clouds.

Zap Map: Satellite Tracks Lightning for Better Heads Up
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Report: Sharp Cuts Sought for Weather, Climate Agency
March 03, 2017 | WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent cut to the budget of the government’s meteorological agency that monitors the climate and issues daily weather forecasts, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Citing a four-page budget memo, the Post said the proposed reductions in the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would affect research and satellite programs and eliminate funding for some smaller programs.

NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, whose overall budget “would be hit by an overall 18 percent reduction from its current funding level,” it said. The paper did not give a total figure for the proposed cuts, but said the White House Office of Management and Budget outline for the Commerce Department’s budget for fiscal year 2018 included sharp reductions for specific parts of NOAA.

The GOES-R, next generation weather satellite launched on November 19, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The agency’s satellite data division would lose $513 million, or 22 percent, of its current funding under the proposal, and its Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would lose $126 million, or 26 percent, the Post said. The paper said a spokesperson for the Commerce Department declined to comment, and that an unnamed White House official said the process was evolving and cautioned against specific numbers.

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