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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 …


28 June 2016

Using Satellite Data to Forecast Flooding

A lot of folks have a vague idea of how valuable satellite data is for forecasting severe weather. With the launch of GOES R this fall, the data will be nearly real-time, like radar is now, and it will revolutionize forecasting. That said, we already have satellite products that (using the different IR and visible channels) can detect and track water vapor in the atmosphere.  I chair the NWA Committee …


29 March 2016

New satellite could provide better data for hurricane prediction

The launch of the GOES-R geostationary satellite in October 2016 could herald a new era for predicting hurricanes, a new study finds. The wealth of information from this new satellite, at time and space scales not previously possible, combined with advanced statistical hurricane prediction models, could enable more accurate predictions in the future, according to the researchers.


24 December 2014

The Earth From Space on Christmas Eve

Here are some full disk satellite images from around the world on this Christmas Eve. This is an IR image from GOES East. This is a visible light image from the European Meteosat, in almost true color. Visible light image from Meteosat VISSIR over India: and the latest IR image from the GOES West Satellite- Courtesy NASA Goddard Space Flight Center here in Maryland. Happy Holidays to you wherever you …


26 August 2014

GOES 14 Rapid Scan images of Hurricane Cristobal

This is the kind of satellite imagery we will see daily when GOES R launches in 2016, and it will be even higher resolution spatially and temporally. GOES 14 is a spare satellite that is turned on and checked out from time to time. It can take one minute rapid scan images. GOES R will be able to do this at two spots simultaneously.   Post by NOAA NWS Weather …


18 June 2013

GOES 13 Weather Satellite Hit By Micrometeoroid

The GOES 13 weather satellite problem a couple pf weeks ago was apparently caused by tiny meteorite travelling several kilometers per second. From the National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (NESDIS to we meteorologists): NOAA returns a healthy GOES-13 to normal operations as GOES-East June 10, 2013 GOES-13 Satellite–Artist’s Rendering  NOAA today officially returned the GOES-13 spacecraft to normal operations, after tests showed a micrometeoroid, likely hit the arm for …