Next version of GOES satellite is powerful weather forecasting tool

January 23, 2017 - 8:01 am
Pleasant Hill, MO - Meteorologists have a powerful new tool in space to help track and predict the weather.  

In November 2016, the new GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket. It's the first in the next generation of geostationary weather satellites. GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.

Forecasters are now getting their first images from the satellite and they're spectacular.
Hear Jim Cunningham's story on how the new satellite aids forecasters - Tuesday morning 98.1 FM on KC Morning's News with EJ and Ellen

Meteorologist Ryan Cutter, with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, says the new satellite is a game changer. Instead of waiting 15 minutes for satellite imagery as with older, Cutter says they can get new imagery every five minutes. During periods of severe weather, that interval can be shortened to one minute.

Cutter says it will likely be this spring or this summer before the satellite is put into operation in for the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

The photo below highlights the comparision between the imagery provided by the GOES-16 (on left) and the older GOES-13 satellites. Click to see larger version...

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