About the Blog

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-series (GOES-R) program is a key element of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission. This new series of satellites offers enhanced instrument technologies that have resulted in improved detection and observation of meteorological phenomena, including but not limited to: thunderstorms, hurricanes, low clouds and fog, wildfires and smoke, blowing dust, and volcanic eruptions and ash. The advancements provided by the GOES-R satellites allows the meteorological community to provide more accurate and timely forecasts and warnings along with more effective Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS) for core partners. The first satellite in the GOES-R series, GOES-R, was launched on 11/19/16, becoming GOES-16, and eventually the operational GOES-East satellite on 12/18/17. The second satellite in the GOES-R series, GOES-S, launched on 3/1/2018, becoming GOES-17, and eventually the operational GOES-West satellite on 2/12/2019. GOES-T and GOES-U will launch in the early-to-mid 2020s, to round out the series.

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program is the next generation of NOAA polar orbiting environmental satellites. Through a combined effort between NOAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spanning 40 years, the first next-generation satellite launched in October 2011: The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP). JPSS represents significant technological and scientific improvements in environmental monitoring and helps to advance weather, climate, environmental, and oceanic sciences. JPSS provides operational continuity of the existing NOAA Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) along with SNPP. NOAA is responsible for running and operating the JPSS program, while NASA is responsible for developing and building the JPSS spacecraft. JPSS-1 launched on 11/18/2017, becoming NOAA-20. JPSS-2 is scheduled to launch in early 2023.

This blog serves as a vehicle to demonstrate the current and future capabilities of these satellite programs. Blog posts focus on how satellite data were used (or could have been used) by NWS forecasters and other users to address specific forecast challenges. The “Satellite Liaison’s” who contribute to the blog represent the scientists who guide the NWS and other users on best practices for incorporating old, new, and future satellite imagery and products into forecast and warning operations.

23 comments on “About the Blog

  1. Hi, I came to the blog via Jeff Masters’ link to your post about Haiyan’s lightning burst. The post is interesting , and I’m learning from the blog. Iw was surprised to find a commercial advertisement at the bottom of the page. I would have thought ads weren’t allowed on NOAA websites.

    • George, thank you for the comment. This blog is not operated by NOAA, but is used for Satellite Proving Ground purposes. Thank you for telling me about the advertisements as I don’t want those being on here. Please check back for more blog posts!

  2. If it’s not asking a lot would you please modify your post headers CSS as it is not immediately clear what the post date is. Perhaps font-weight:bold; or #000000 would be better.
    I hope I’m not over stepping, I just think it’s nice to see right away how current a post is.
    Thank you!

  3. I’m sorry I guess its not the “header”.
    I meant the bar the says the posted by and the date beside.
    Again Thank You and Sorry!

  4. Hi. Interesting blog. I love to study radar loops from the past including satellite imagery animations as well. Where do you find these radar animations of past events , so that I can find them as well. I am trying to do a study on certain events and was needing animated radar/satellite loops. Thanks!

  5. Very well done blog on one of my favorite subjects and GIFs!

    Does your blog have an rss feed?

  6. Was curious Michael what is used to produce the satellite images found on this blog? Is this AWIPS 2 or something else? Can you suggest a way in which I can receive goes 16 and jpss satellite feeds? I like the the program you seem to be using. The ability to overlay infrared unto visible is nice.
    Currently I use COD goes 16 page but it is very limited. Is their a link or program you can suggest or a way I can rig up an awips 2 station to receive data feeds? Or use what your using?
    Thanx in advance, Jared

    • Jared, I’m using GEMPAK scripts to create some of the animations and Bill Line is using AWIPS II. To get the sandwich product, I think you would either need AWIPS or McIDAS. As for the data, how do you currently receive it?

  7. Hi there, I work for the NWS and have some inquiries regarding satellite fire detection from July 17 in the NH and ME area…”Wondering if you can see if there was a fire in the North Fryeburg ME/ Chatham NH area yesterday afternoon. The local fire chief says heavy smoke was coming up some where between kimball pond and robbins ridge.”

  8. Hi Michael Folmer,
    I would like to get in touch with you regarding the use of your Himawari-8 AirMass RGB animation – would you be able to get in touch with me?
    Thanks so much

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