March 5, 2018
NASA has just released two new satellites into space which will allow us to see weather conditions such as wildfires and storms in details we’ve never seen before. The GOES-16 and GOES-17 were launched March 1 and will allow meteorologists back on Earth a complete view of the Western Hemisphere every 15 minutes, and the Continental US every 5.
The GOES-16 has already been effective in detecting fires with greater focus in any 1000 x 1000 km area with updates by the minute. This allows for more accurate storm predictions and weather movements to aid in getting people to safety in a faster and more secure way. On top of its speed and accuracy, the two satellites working together allows the National Weather Service to capture up to 4 images at a time in up to 4 different locations. The satellites cover a huge area spanning from Africa to New Zealand with other countries such as Europe following suite over the next several years.
NASA predicts this to be the beginning of a better future with mapping the Earth’s weather referring to this as the “honeymoon phase that will only get better…”.satellite, space, weather