Friday, April 16, 2010

GOES-13: 'Hurricane Eye in the Sky'

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) is one of NOAA’s most useful satellites, providing a constant stream of data and imagery back to Earth as it observes clouds, ocean temperatures, winds, atmospheric properties, severe storm systems, fires and many other environmental parameters.

GOES-13, launched in May 2006, is the first of three new GOES satellites and just yesterday it became the official GOES-EAST orbiter, being called the 'Hurricane Eye in the Sky.' That is because just in time for hurricane season, in its current position, GOES-13, perched 22,300 miles above the equator, will closely track this year's tropical storms – from when they develop to when they dissipate.

In addition to monitoring tropical activity, NOAA says
GOES-13 will also be able to spot any other severe weather that could pose a threat to the eastern half of the nation.

Go GOES!!!