The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has shared the first images from the recently deployed GOES-18 weather satellite.
The surprise captures (below) were obtained by the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument as it orbited about 22,000 miles above Earth.
The ABI views the Earth through sixteen different channels. Each one detects energy in different wavelengths along the electromagnetic spectrum, enabling it to collect data on Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans. According to NOAA, data from ABI’s channels can be combined to create imagery known as geocolor, which looks similar to the human eye from space. Analyzing the data in a variety of ways enables meteorologists to uncover and investigate various features of interest.
NOAA states on its website, “ABI provides high-resolution imagery and atmospheric measurements for short-term forecasts and severe weather warnings.” “ABI data is also used to detect and monitor environmental hazards such as wildfires, dust storms, volcanic eruptions, disturbance and fog.”
GOES-18 is orbiting the Earth at a place just above the equator, moving at the speed of our planet’s rotation. This allows NOAA’s new weather satellite to continuously observe the same region of Earth for evolving weather conditions and hazards.
GOES-18, which was launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 1, is the third satellite in NOAA’s next-generation GOES-R series, and now operates alongside GOES-16 and GOES-17, which were launched in 2016 and 2016 respectively. Was posted in 2018. ,
NOAA’s new satellite is observing a vast region that includes the US West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and the Pacific Ocean.
As it continues to calibrate its systems as part of post-launch test procedures, GOES-18 has already observed storms in eastern Texas that were accompanied by large hail, strong wind gusts and tornadoes. Produce forest fires and strong winds that blow dust. new Mexico. Dense fog and thundershowers were also seen in Chile and Yucatan and Florida.
NOAA recently said the launch of its new GOES satellites “changed the world of environmental monitoring and threat detection in the Western Hemisphere forever.”