- GOES-16 returns preliminary images of earth from space
- Weather experts say the satellite will help meteorologists in many ways
A new satellite launched in mid-November is the first of a new generation of satellites.
This new satellite, GOES-16, is designed to provide new imagery, including lightning data and similar information to current satellites, but with more detail.
NOAA said the new satellite will be able to:
- Improve track and intensity hurricane forecasts
- Increase thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time
- Improve aviation flight route planning
- Improve air quality warnings
The changes to the satellite include more channels to measure things with, four times greater resolution, and it operates five times faster than previous satellites.
The increased resolution is a benefit to meteorologists and other scientists. It will give them a larger view to look at as they track storms and forecasts.
GOES-16 can also multi-task, allowing for images of the Continental U.S. every 5 minutes, areas with active or severe weather every 30-60 seconds, and an entire scan of the Western Hemisphere every 15 minutes all at the same time.
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