In May, it was announced that GOES-16 would become GOES-East late in the calendar year. This week, detailed drift plans were released!
- GOES-16 will begin drifting from the checkout position (89.5W) on 30 November, reaching the GOES-East position (75.2W) on 11 December. After a period of calibration, the satellite will return to operations as GOES-East on 14 December.
- GOES-16 ABI, GLM, SUVI, SEISS, and EXIS data will not be available between 30 Nov and 14 Dec.
- GOES-13 (current GOES-East) will remain at 75W until 2 January, when it will begin drifting to its storage location at 60W. It will reach the storage location on 22 January.
-Bill Line, NWS
“The GOES-16 data posted on this page are preliminary, non-operational data and are undergoing testing. Users bear all responsibility for inspecting the data prior to use and for the manner in which the data are utilized.”