A spanking new weather satellite positioned above the Pacific Ocean has just started sending out its primary high-definition pictures, comprising its initial sight of Hawaii.
The GOES-17 satellite of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)—that blasted-off on March 1 from Kennedy Space Center of NASA—arrived at its new permanent orbital location above the Pacific this week, where it will become functional as the new GOES west satellite approach December.
That implies clearer and advanced imagery will improve the capability of NOAA to forecast weather in the area, predominantly in Alaska and Hawaii. Forecasters will receive a more comprehensive look at particular environmental conditions such as wildfires, volcanic ash, ice, and snow cover.
On November 15, NOAA Thursday shared its foremost sight of Hawaii, displaying high-level clouds drifting over lower clouds above the islands. Also, the GOES-17 was capable of capture the destructive Woolsey Fire in Southern California.
The smolder from the fire that has blazed Malibu and nearby regions over the last week is plainly perceptible from space. Additionally, the satellite has the capability to spot fire hot spots. That ability can offer near real-time hints for fire managers and enhance how they counter to fires, specifically in the hard-to-access territory.
Likewise, Suomi NPP satellite of NASA-NOAA crossed over the Bay of Bengal, Northern Indian Ocean and recorded a visible picture of Tropical Cyclone Gaja. It was formed at 4 p.m. EST on November 10 as tropical cyclone 07B, around 569 Miles Chittagong’s south-southwest. It reinforced into a tropical tempest and was titled Gaja.
On November 13, the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument onboard Suomi NPP satellite of NASA-NOAA collected information on Tropical Cyclone Gaja. It emerged to be somewhat stretched and had thunderstorm bands enfolding into the center. It seemed to lengthen over much of the Bay of Bengal within the satellite images.