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CNN: Covid-19 is impacting how weather experts issue hurricane forecasts

With an active hurricane season predicted this year, you might be wondering how employees at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service are coping with the pandemic and how they are working differently this year. CNN has a story which describes both the changes in how the forecasters do their work and the loss of data caused by drastic reductions in ship and plane observations, which contribute to weather forecasts that can determine the direction a tropical storm moves. Staffing big events like a land-falling hurricane can be difficult in small offices when extra people are needed to issue warnings and work longer hours while maintaining social distance. You can read more at https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/25/weather/covid-hurricane-impacts-nws-employees/index.html.