The Awesome Satellite Images of GOES-16

Have you been in awe of the hurricane Harvey and Irma images you are seeing in the news and online? NOAA’s newest weather satellite GOES-16 gives us a higher and colorful resolution on a daily basis, more than ever before.

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Hurricane Irma and Jose, taken from GOES-16.

It’s All About the Resolution

GOES-16 captures the beauty of the earth. While the images do make great desktop backgrounds, the real beauty of the satellite is the ability to take snapshots every minute during storm events. This will allow forecasters to study storm formation and development like never before.

As a weather fanatic and occasional storm chaser, this type of weather technology gets me all fired up. I can’t image the amount of drool that has been salivated out of the mouths of forecasters. Someone get a mop!

I can’t image the amount of drool that has been salivated out of the mouths of forecasters. Someone get a mop!

Check out these 1 minute time lapse shots of Hurricane Harvey over the course of three days. Even when you can’t see the eye, you can see the clouds bubbling around in rotation around where the eye will form. Compare this to previous satellite views that had a much lower resolution and photos taken typically 30 minutes apart, and if lucky 15 minutes.

Check GOES-16 Out For Yourself

This site may seem slow and could be slow, depending on your browser and computer performance. A lot of bells and whistles under the hood to view GOES-16 images and in animated loops. The best you can do here is every 15 minutes, but you can expand the full loop of to 60 frames. Don’t forget to zoom in, that is when the wow factor kicks in.

GOES-16 Imagery: http://rammb-slider.cira.colostate.edu/

 

 

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