Scientists unwrap the GOES-R satellite. Image: NOAA/NASA.

Better forecasts on the way as the U.S. prepares to launch GOES-R

Last week, NOAA delivered the advanced GOES-R satellite to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility, the next step before more testing and eventual launch this November. GOES, or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, satellites have been in operation in some shape or form since the mid-1970s. These satellites have played a critical role in providing operational weather data that not only tells us what’s happening, but also helps us forecast by providing higher-resolution data to intialize forecast models. GOES-R represents the 16th GOES satellite and promises to be more technically advanced than those launched before it. High-resolution data will include 34…

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Friday Night Football forecast

AFTERNOON UPDATE (3:54 PM): We’re watching the development of scattered rain across central IL and IN now. Rain that’s in these spots will track toward us, bringing rain and t-storm potential to our area around 7 pm and after. Keep this in mind if heading out to any football games. The games may not be completely dry, as forecasted earlier.

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Latest tornado count

One of two storm survey teams has filed its damage report. This team confirms 6 tornado touchdowns on August 24. At least 1 additional tornado confirmation is expected when the second storm survey releases its findings before the week is up.