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28 September 2017

New GOES-16 Weather Satellite Will Be Turned Off for 14 Days

GOES-16 will become the new GOES-EAST satellite late this year as the old GOES-13 is retired. We knew this move was coming but NOAA has just announced the details of the move. Currently, the new GOES-16 is over the equator south of the central U.S. At this checkout location, it can just barely see the edge of Africa, but it gives very good coverage to the western U.S. Once the …


26 August 2017

Astounding Model Output Leads to Forecasts We Meteorologists Never Thought We Would Make

I’ve forecasted the weather for 37 years and I’ve never seen consistent model output forecasting rainfall amounts of over 30 inches before. Astounding and astonishing are the only words I can use to describe what I’ve been seeing from the numerical models. Not only that, but it’s the same with nearly every usually reliable model. Could all of the models be wrong? Could this storm fizzle rather quickly once it …


4 May 2017

Looking at Lightning From On High! The GLM Works!

The new GOES-16 weather satellite has something no geostationary weather satellite has ever had before. An instrument that can see lightning. In real time. It’s called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM for short), and while we have been seeing some real time images from GOES-16 for over a month now, the GLM is still being checked out. Today, NASA and Lockheed released some new video of the GLM in action …


6 March 2017

First Images from the GOES-16 Lightning Mapper

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) is working. This instrument will likely be a revolutionary advance in severe storm forecasting and warnings and can measure the total lightning in storms. Current lightning data sees cloud to ground strokes, but these coordinate poorly with severe weather. Research shows that total lightning does correlate well with severe weather and can significantly increase lead times and it will likely reduce false alarms as well. I was …


3 March 2017

GOES-16 Loop of Fires in SE Texas

More and more GOES-16 data is coming out as it is calibrated and tested. Look at the images below of fires to the southeast of the Dallas area. There is one image every 5 minutes, but GOES-16 (Launched as GOES-R) can return imagery every 30 seconds.


24 February 2017

Why GOES-16 Is Such A Big Deal

I put this piece together about GOES-16 and it aired today. Hat tip to my excellent editor Kevin Reynolds here at WBOC-TV.


14 February 2017

New GOES-16 Weather Satellite Sees Monday’s Low Pressure Bomb

I wrote yesterday about the storm that exploded off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic on Monday, and now you can see it develop from GOES-16. This animation was released today of the storm exploding as it moved out to sea. This explosive cyclogenesis produced hurricane force winds in the Atlantic, and winds over 50 mph on the coast from Maryland to Boston. This view is one of the three water vapour …


29 January 2017

Japan’s Himawari 9 First Images Released

  Japan has had a 16 channel Advanced Baseline Imager in orbit since 2014 and this new satellite is a backup for the Himawari 8 that is still providing good imagery. We now have advanced satellites over Europe and one over America. When GOES-S is launched in two? years, we’ll have very high temporal and spatial resolution from Europe to Asia! The Himawari has sensors for red, green, and blue …


26 January 2017

All The Light We Cannot See

One image in 16 different wavelengths of light from NOAA’s new weather satellite GOES-16 (GOES-R at launch). The upper left is the blue visible light wavelength. Next is Red. Next is near IR, not visible to our eyes, but very sensitive to vegetation. This near-IR channel is very valuable because you can do some software tricks and use it as a green channel to get a colour image.  The other …


23 January 2017

GOES-16 First Images/Animations Released

The GOES-R (Now named GOES-16) satellite is working! NOAA released the first images and animations today. The satellite is still in the test stage and will be for months but we should start seeing non-operational data by May. The image above is a high-resolution full disc shot. Below are some short loops from the ABI sensor. The colour images are made from a blue light channel and a red light …


GOES-R First Image Will Be Released Tomorrow

The first image from GOES-R will be out tomorrow.The “first light” image will be released in Seattle tomorrow at the AMS Annual Meeting, and we will start to see irregular imagery in May as testing continues. From what I am hearing, the instruments have so far all come online working as expected. Oh, and. GOES-R is now GOES 16 by the way. Once operational they take on a number.  To …


19 November 2016

GOES-R Launches at 5:42 PM EST Today. Weather Forecasting Will Enter a New Era

by Meteorologist Dan Satterfield at the Kennedy Space Center The weather looks good and fueling of the Atlas 5 booster is underway here at the Kennedy Space Center. The weather is warm and breezy, with temperatures near 76 degrees. A cold front is approaching, but few if any clouds are expected with it. The launch is set for 5:42 PM EST, which is about 15 minutes after sunset. The vapor …


18 November 2016

Timelapse of the GOES-R Satellite Rollout to Pad 41 at Kennedy Space Center

This video shot for me and my fellow meteorologists here at the Kennedy Space Center by Dan Cohen of Storm Center Comm. Big thanks to him and Dave Jones at Storm Center for it!


GOES-R is On The Pad. New Era Begins at 5:42 PM EST Saturday.

Kennedy Space Center in Florida: I’m one of about ten meteorologist who work in TV who were invited by NASA to attend the GOES-R launch tomorrow at 5:42 PM EST. NASA took us out to the coast to watch the roll out at 10 AM, and once the vehicle reached the pad, we were allowed to go as close as 150 yards from the pad (See photo above). The weather …


17 November 2016

The View from the Top of the VAB at Kennedy Space Center is Amazing!

All looks good for the launch of the GOES-R Weather Satellite Saturday evening at 5:42 PM. I am at the Kennedy Space Center as an invited guest to watch the launch, and today we had the rare opportunity to see the famous VAB building. The video below is from the roof, what an amazing view! I chatted with one of the Air Force weather meteorologists and they see no issues …


15 November 2016

New Era In Meteorology is Days Away

  This Saturday evening, NASA will launch the GOES-R weather satellite, and a new 21st century era in weather and climate prediction will begin. This will be the equivalent of going from an old black and white TV, to an HD flat screen in color, and if all goes well it will revolutionize forecasting. I have been invited to attend the launch and will be posting about it here and …


10 August 2016

One Minute Satellite Imagery from GOES 14

The GOES 14 is sending back one minute imagery again. This satellite is a spare but is the only U.S. weather satellite that can send back images once a minute. GOES-R launching in November will be able to send back an image every 30 seconds, at higher resolution, with lightning data as well. This is a sneak peak at the future that will arrive soon!


26 April 2016

GOES 14 One Minute Imagery of Plains Storms

The spare GOES 14 weather satellite can send back an image every minute, and it was turned on today to give forecasters a look at the tornado and severe storms developing in the Plains. We will see this imagery more frequently in the future after the launch of the GOES R weather satellite next fall. You can see the imagery at the link below, but you will need a good …


13 April 2016

GOES R Launch Date Set: Will Revolutionize Weather Forecasting

    I have mentioned the new GOES R frequently, and we are now down to 6 months from the launch. I wrote a post last year about how it will revolutionize forecasting. I also did this on air report on WBOC TV in February, discussing how the launch will mark the beginning of a new era in forecasting and Earth observation. From NASA today: The GOES-R satellite is set to …


15 June 2013

Amazing One Minute GOES 14 Images of Severe Storms Crossing Mid Atlantic Thursday

When the new GOES R satellite is launched in two years (unless budget cuts intervene), we will have high resolution one minute images available in real time during events like this. The GOES-R will have the capability to do one minute images over two spots at the same time. Not just in visible wavelengths, but in many different channels in the infrared as well, and in higher resolution. Satellite data will become …