This earth image from the GOES-14 satellite on Monday was the first image from GOES-14, which was put in place to replace the faulty GOES-13 satellite. (HO AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. weather satellite that tracks the East Coast and Atlantic hurricanes is broken.
Meteorologists are scrambling to fill in lost data for forecasters with a spare satellite and help from a European satellite.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman Scott Smullen said engineers shut down the East Coast satellite on Sunday because of vibrations. They're still trying to diagnose the problem.
Smullen said there may be a slight decrease in the accuracy of weather forecasts. NOAA is checking to see if it will affect hurricane forecasting.
AccuWeather reports that the failure of the "GOES-13" (GOES-East) satellite has left a gap for meteorologists trying to catch a view of the eastern Atlantic and has satellite coverage of the Atlantic Ocean and eastern North America spread a bit thin.
GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.
GOES-14 was activated and repositioned on Monday to fill part of the void left to satellite imagery in eastern North America and the Atlantic.
The $500 million GOES-13 satellite was launched in 2006, but it wasn't used regularly to monitor weather until 2010.
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