Fascinating GOES-16 satellite image loops

Credit: NASA/NOAA. These images were taken at the same time on January 15, 2017. The image on the left is from GOES-16 and the one on the right is from GOES-13.

GOES-16 is the newest satellite to be launched into space.  NOAA has made many improvements to the satellite and improved its ability to track hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, air quality, aviation flight plans, solar flares, and even help map lightning.  One of the other neat features that is newer with this satellite is how frequently scientists can receive images.  GOES-16 takes images of the Western Hemisphere every 15 minutes, the Continental US every 5 minutes, and severe weather every 30 to 60 seconds.  Scientists have already started getting images back from the new satellite and are starting to conduct research and analysis on these images.  The Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch of NOAA/NESDIS is located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, and is one research group that is doing just that.  One cool feature they have on their website is the GOES-16 Loop of the Day.  There are many fascinating loops you can check out, but here are just a few!

The loop from August 7th shows Tropical Storm Franklin approaching the Yucatan Peninsula.  The swirling cloud bands around the main circulation are very visible in this one minute image loop.

Credit: NOAA/CSU RAMMB/CIRA. Preliminary, non-operational data.


Check out these fascinating clouds rolling over Lake Superior on the loop from July 10th!  These clouds are called undular bores and are a type of a gravity wave.

Credit: NOAA/CSU RAMMB/CIRA. Preliminary, non-operational data.


Or, you can see fog forming in the valleys early in the morning on this loop from June 8th.  You are able to see the fog linger in the valleys of New York and Pennsylvania before dissipating just after sunrise.

Credit: NOAA/CSU RAMMB/CIRA. Preliminary, non-operational data.


These image loops are preliminary as this is non-operational data, but it is still amazing to see what kind of groundbreaking images we have to look forward to once GOES-16 does become operational.

-Post contributed by WANE Weather Intern Erika Goshorn

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