Message Service #2324
  • Wind

Reminder: upcoming end of service for regional EARS Metop-A ASCAT winds

This is a reminder that on 15th October (tomorrow), the dissemination of the Metop-A ASCAT regional EARS winds will stop.

The Metop-A satellite, launched on 19 October 2006, is operating well beyond its design lifetime of five years. However, it is now time for it to retire, and this is planned for November 2021. Hence the Metop-A ASCAT winds (regional EARS winds, OSI-102, OSI-104) will be discontinued.

The planned end date for the ASCAT global (OSI SAF) winds is 15th November 2021.

We will continue to provide ASCAT winds from Metop-B and Metop-C. More information can be found on

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