GOES-17 Is Now Operational

“In its new role, GOES-17 will serve as NOAA’s primary geostationary satellite for detecting and monitoring Pacific storm systems, fog, wildfires, and other weather phenomena that affect the western United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.”

“The latest milestone for GOES-17 comes exactly eleven months after the satellite first reached its geostationary orbit 22,000 above Earth. Launched March 1, 2018, GOES-17 is NOAA’s second advanced geostationary weather satellite and the sister satellite to GOES-16 (also known as GOES East). Together the two satellites provide high-resolution visible and infrared imagery as well as lightning observations of more than half the globe – from the west coast of Africa to New Zealand, and from near the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle.”

Large winter storm system moving into California 2019 February 2:

High resolution animation of clouds around Hawaii 2019 January 15:

High resolution animation of brown smoke plume blowing toward the west from the large from the Woolsey Fire west of Los Angeles  in California, as high level cirrus clouds above blow to the east on 2018 November 13:

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Real-time images here.

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